A few weeks ago we got a small taste of Pharrell’s new song “Freedom,” and today the official show footage was released where he performed it live in England for Glastonbury 2015. “Freedom” is this year’s “Happy.” Check it out above.
Sportswear leviathan Nike’s reports for fiscal year 2015 are in, and unsurprisingly the brand has made an absolutely colossal amount of money. NKE INC (That’s Nike’s corporation, which includes Converse and Hurley) recorded a $30.6bn revenue – up 10% from previous years – while the Nike brand itself made a total of $28.7bn, up 14%. Nike’s “Demand Creation” (i.e. marketing) budget was a whopping $3.2bn – higher than the GDPs of some small third world countries, and industry expert Matt Powell estimates that the brand sold 350 million pairs of shoes this year. That’s 1.09 pairs of Nikes for every person in the United States.
Given how corporations of Nike’s size strive to add just 1% to their bottom line, a 10% increase in revenue across the board is an insanely strong result
New York City is inhabited with individuals of all ages and cultures. There are people living out their lives to the best of their ability with what their community has to offer. Our goal with this event is to allow the opportunity for the youth of our fellow citizens, in a community effort, to display their artistic talents. As well to generate funds for shelters in the Bronx housing the homeless and disabled. The tour consists of multiple events that will feature displays of art such as, Music, Poetry, Fashion, Illustrative Art, Photography and videography from various artists. All events will be donation based with a minimum of $5 to gain entry into the event. Those who contribute $10 dollars or more to the cause will receive a complementary gift bag for their generosity. Food and Beverages will be provided for to create a hospitable environment for all those who attend the event. The first event of Conscious NYC tour will take place on June 20th 2015 from the hours of 4:00PM to 11:00PM in Target’s sponsored park, located on 1025 Anderson Ave Bronx NY. In the opening segment of the event, there will be paintings and photography showcased by the contributing local artists. There will be live mural and body painting accompanied by music throughout the duration of the event. As well local vendors will be participating in the event showing casing and selling their goods (Apparel, Jewelry, Accessories) with a percentage of the earnings to be added to the donation pool. Performances will commence at 6:00PM with a spoken word and poetry segment, followed by a brief message from our sponsors expressing their involvement and contribution for the event. As well to express the importance of being educated on civil rights to properly exercise the proper course of action with any lawful encounters. It is in this effort that we express such enlightenment to avoid any violation or misunderstanding of civil rights in correspondence to state and city laws. Musical performances by various local contributing artists will commence at 8:00PM. The genres will include but is not limited to Hip-Hop, R&B, and Rock to provide a musical experience catering to all musical preference. By emphasizing on the youth of New York City, it allows the opportunity for the children, teenagers and young adults to contribute to their local community with new ideas through the expression of art to create a more positive environment. As well to serve as a reminder that with equality and unity of minds, the quality of life is based solely on the collective effort applied can shape a society where all dreams are fulfilled against all odds. Providing an outlet for all those ready to contribute to the nourishment and growth of New York City.
When he’s not singing or producing music, Akon is busy providing sustainable living options to people in African countries. The Senegalese-American singer’s initiative, appropriately called Akon Lighting Africa, aims to supply electricity to 600 million people in Africa who lack it with the launch of the Solar Academy.
Located in Bamako, Mali, the Solar Academy will help African engineers and entrepreneurs develop skills that will enable them to produce solar power. Experts will be on hand to help the participants with training and equipment, according to a Reuters report.
According to Akon Lighting Africa, the goal of the academy is to teach people how to maintain solar-powered electricity systems and microgrids. Both systems have been growing quickly in rural parts of Africa. In a continent that has 320 days of sun a year, roping in its natural resources will be valuable to the solar-energy efforts.
“We have the sun and innovative technologies to bring electricity to homes and communities. We now need to consolidate African expertise,” said Samba Baithily, who founded Akon Lighting Africa with Akon and Thione Niang.
The organization also hopes to create jobs with its initiative.
“We expect the Africans who graduate from this center to devise new, innovative, technical solutions,” said Niang. “With this academy, we can capitalize on Akon Lighting Africa and go further.”
Ja Rule and his family will be starring in the forthcoming MTV docu-series “Follow The Rules”. During one of the episodes, there will be a part that includes Ja talking to Lil Wayne about prison food as they have both done time for gun possession.
You can check out a short clip of Weezy explaining to Ja Rule via Facetime what his favorite jail meal was when he was locked up after the jump below!
Founded by two DJ’s and Rap Artist in 2014, Trez Clothing is a street wear manufacturing company that specializes in producing and providing Premium street-wear apparels. Be sure to expect streetwear culture, smoking dope, music and brotherhood loyalty inspired shirt themed designs and other upcoming apparels comfy to the brim. As firm believers of comfort, style and quality, Trez Clothing assures that their only produces quality assured street wear apparels without having to pay exaggerated prices. Trez Clothing is based in San Diego CA, Hong Kong, Sydney and Singapore. Apart from that, the company also contributes certain profits of proceeds from every shirt purchased to “Hope for Haiti” foundation.
Tech N9ne connects with B.o.B and 2 Chainz to give us the official music video for “Hood Go Crazy”, Currently Tech N9ne is getting ready to release his new album “Special Effects” which is set to drop on May 4th.
Tony’s story began in Brooklyn & his love for music started at a very early age. He was born into a diverse wealth of music with two older brothers who were DJ’s. By the mid 90′s they had amassed a collection of well over 50 crates of records which ranged from the Beatles to Bob Marley, classical, funk, soul, Jazz, Latin Jazz, disco, freestyle, reggae, pop, punk etc…
At about the age of 8 or 9 Tony’s focus shifted from playing with toys to playing his brothers records. As the years passed, Tony spent night after night, every weekend, all weekend down in his basement digging through the crates & honing his craft. While in highscool instead of eating he would save his lunch money all week to go record shopping on Friday afternoon. When he turned 15 his hunger, dedication & passion paid off, scoring him his first steady gig as a DJ for the world famous Empire Roller Rink.
He played at the rink for 7 years till it closed & while DJ’in live at the rink he got his performance skills up as well as his confidence. He learned the importance of crowd control, using the music to create a mood & what got people going. Around this time he also purchased an MPC & taught himself to use it. With well over 2 decades under his belt he isn’t stopping anytime soon…
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