Tag: NIKE

Naomi Osaka Discusses Empowering the Next Generation of Leaders With Expansion of Play Academy: ‘We Need to Take Action Now’

Photo: Darrian Traynor (Getty Images) As one of the premier athletes in professional sports, tennis champion Naomi Osaka is committed to ensuring that her success creates other opportunities for women and girls eager to follow in her footsteps. Advertisement To support that cause, last summer she launched the Play Academy with Naomi Osaka in Tokyo, […]

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A Ranking Of The Best Travis Scott Sneaker Collaborations, Including The New Air Jordan 6 British Khaki

Do athletes even endorse sneakers anymore? Don’t get us wrong, Jordan is still the biggest name in footwear. And when a hot new sneaker designer bursts onto the scene, best believe they’re going to want to put their spin on a fresh pair of Jordans above all else, so we don’t imagine another name is […]

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She Just Did It: Simone Biles Makes the Leap From Nike to Athleta

Olympic Gymnast Simone Biles appears in Times Square for SK-II Beauty Campaign on March 03, 2020 in New York City.Photo: Arturo Holmes (Getty Images) Every professional athlete knows brand endorsements are the real butter atop their breadwinning. Similarly, brands know star athletes are big business. In what can only be called a stunning upset, Nike […]

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Maurice Jones-Drew, NFL Player’s Association Partner With Goalsetter to Surprise Over 250 Students With Savings Accounts

Photo: Cindy Ord (Getty Images) In our quest to break generational curses, more and more Black folks are going to therapy and embracing financial literacy. I personally have made both a priority during the pandemic—I’m happy to report that my credit score no longer resembles my shoe size—and Black-owned finance app Goalsetter has positioned itself […]

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I Hope You Already Got That Pair of Kobe’s That You Wanted Because If Not, You’re About to Pay Stupid Prices For Them

Nike Kobe 6 Protro “Grinch” Photo: Panama Jackson On December 24, 2020, Nike (and I presume the Kobe Bryant estate, headed up by his wife Vanessa Bryant) decided to re-release the Nike Kobe Zoom 6 Protro in the green apple/black/volt-crimson colorway. The shoes, affectionately referred to as the “Kobe Grinches” (because of their super green […]

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The Funk Boutique: Celebrating Successful Black Women, Sustainability, and Sneakers

Photo: Jason Kempin (Getty Images) Everything’s coming up American fashion! The first Monday in May has always been known as “Met Gala Day,” when the most elite of the elite come out dressed to impress and preview the exquisite annual costume exhibit hosted by Anna Wintour and Andrew Bolton, curator of the Costume Institute of […]

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Nike and MSCHF Agree to Recall Lil Nas X’s ‘Satan Shoes,’ Which MSCHF Says ‘Already Achieved Its Artistic Purpose’

Lil Nas X attends the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, Calif.Photo: Rich Fury for The Recording Academy (Getty Images) The battle over Lil Nas X’s “Satan Shoes” has reportedly been settled. Following a temporary restraining order granted against MSCHF for its much talked about collaboration with rapper Lil Nas […]

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SNX DLX: The Return Of The Jordan 5 Toro Bravo, Bad Bunny’s Latest, And A New Vans-NOAH Collaboration

Welcome to SNX DLX! Before we get into this week’s offerings, we felt like we should mention that the Frosted Blue Yeezy 500s are being rumored for an early Monday drop. We would’ve included that release here, but because it hasn’t been confirmed by Adidas we’re going to err on the side of caution. Our […]

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Sexual Assault Allegations Cost Deshaun Watson His Endorsement Deals With Nike, Beats by Dre

Photo: Jonathan Bachman (Getty Images) As this Deshaun Watson situation—in which the embattled NFL superstar has been accused of sexual assault and inappropriate behavior in over 20 lawsuits—continues to unfold, on Wednesday, the three-time Pro Bowler learned that a few of his most lucrative partnerships have officially been put on pause. Advertisement ESPN’s Sarah Barshop […]

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Carmelo Anthony Sets Out to Conquer Hollywood With New Venture, Creative 7

Carmelo Anthony and longtime business partner Asani Swann.Photo: Creative 7 NBA heads know all about the infamous Banana Boat Crew, which consists of BFFs LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Chris Paul and Carmelo Anthony. Each has staked their claim on the basketball court, while also expanding their respective brands to include ventures into fashion, social justice, […]

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Republicans Embrace ‘Cancel Culture,’ Cancel Coke, Baseball and Democracy

Photo: Instagram/Trump WHite House (archived) I’m against cancel culture. While most people agree that they have the right not to patronize people or entities with whom they disagree, I don’t support the party that attempted to cancel democracy, election integrity, Black people’s right to vote, truth and facts. But, after years of championing free speech […]

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Religious & Litigious: Nike Claps Back at the Manufacturer of Lil Nas X’s ‘Satan Shoes’ for Copyright Infringement

Lil Nas X performs onstage during the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards on January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, Calif.Photo: Kevin Mazur for The Recording Academy (Getty Images) Nike, not like this. We live in a Hypebeasting, HighSnobiety world in which collabs are as ubiquitous as TikTok dance routine appropriation, but apparently, referencing the devil (if […]

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Nike Reportedly Sues MSCHF Over The Lil Nas X ‘Satan Shoes’

Over the weekend, Fox News anchor Pete Hegseth speculated that Nike might have grounds to sue Lil Nas X collaborator MSCHF over its “Satan shoes” — customized Nike Air Max 97s supposedly featuring a drop of blood mixed with red ink in each of the 666 pair’s Air Max units — made to promote Nas’ […]

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Lawd Have Mercy: Lil Nas X’s ‘Satan Shoes’ Put Nike on the Defensive

Lil Nas X attends Vanity Fair and Saint Laurent Celebrate “Parasite” on February 07, 2020 in Los Angeles, Calif.Photo: Phillip Faraone for Vanity Fair (Getty Images) “Bloody shoes” may be Cardi B’s line, but they may now be best associated with Lil Nas X. The rapper born Montero Lamar Hill broke the internet last Friday […]

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Lil Nas X’s Upcoming ‘Satan Shoes’ Have Earned A Divided Reaction From Fans And Confusion From Critics

Lil Nas X has left the internet in a bit of a frenzy this past weekend thanks to his “Montero (Call Me By Your Name)” video. The images of hell and the singer’s interaction with a devilish character in the visual have left fans with mixed reactions toward it. However, that’s only half of it […]

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It’s Air Max Day at StockX: Bid $1 for a Chance to Win Four Modern Nike Classics

Air Max Day RestockX Event | StockX If you’re a sneakerhead, you’re probably already aware that March 24 is Air Max Day. But in the spirit of the occasion, did you know that StockX is holding another installment in its RestockX event series? Through Friday at 12 PM EDT, you can place a $1 bid for […]

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Dear New Sneaker People, Just Because You Usually Wear a Certain Size Doesn’t Mean You Always Wear That Size

Photo: Panama Jackson It’s been documented here before, but the onset of the coronavirus over a year ago seems to have turned everybody and their mothers into sneakerheads (and ultimately rendering most of us winless at the SNKRS app sweepstakes). And while the sneaker culture (and folks attempting to become resellers; good morning to everybody […]

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Instead of Waiting for a Seat at the Table, Claima Stories Host Bimma Williams Is Ensuring We Have Our Own

Photo: Bimma Williams It’s not exactly a secret that Black culture is the engine that powers countless industries throughout the globe. Yet despite this fact, you’d be hard-pressed to find a single Black face in the management or executive positions of some of your favorite brands and companies. Advertisement We’ll be front and center in […]

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Nike Celebrates Black Women With Social Media Campaign, Pitch Competition and New Film ‘We Play Real’

Image: Nike “Black women are rarely recognized for the hard work they put in. It’s not just magic, they are the real thing.” I don’t think Nike could’ve put it any better. We all know sports help to bring us together. They also provide a platform to amplify important causes and draw attention to concerns […]

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Cancel Culture Doesn’t Exist, But Even If It Did…Maaaaaan, I Know Conservatives Ain’t Talkin’

Photo: iQoncept (Shutterstock) First of all… In 2002, Rush Limbaugh’s puss-bucket, Bill O’Reilly, successfully used his platform on Fox News to pressure Pepsi to cancel their business relationship with legendary Atlanta rapper Ludacris and pull every single one of its ads that featured him from the airwaves. It took one day. “I’m calling for all […]

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