Friday, February 01, 2019

Champion Celebrates Centennial

Champion turns 100!
The brand may be 100 years old, but it's looking as good as ever!
What started out as Knickerbocker Knitting Mills in Rochester, New York, in 1919, has evolved into one of the most well-known and recognizable apparel brands to anyone with an ounce of style sense. Not to mention the  synonymous C patch logo that makes garments even more unique.
To celebrate its 100-year achievement, Champion, the athleticwear icon, will launch the global campaign - "100 Years for the Team." This campaign will explore what it means to be a team in 2019 from the perspective of teams, clubs, squads and crews across the world.
The campaign will launch with a special film featuring basketball legend Magic Johnson, someone who knows what it means to be part of a team. In the video, he reflects and shares insights into what truly makes a great team.
"As part of the 'Dream Team', I experienced first-hand the power of people coming together to achieve great things," said Johnson. "I'm pleased to celebrate the power of teams in Champion's 100th anniversary campaign."
Champion has always been about one thing – the team. To celebrate a century of team spirit, Champion will engage with teams around the world to share their passion about teamwork and what it means to them to be a team.
Throughout its 100 year history, Champion has had many noteworthy moments. From the launch of the first collegiate apparel, the patent of the Reverse Weave sweatshirt, the introduction of the Mesh Nylon Jersey, and pioneering the sports bra. The brand has outfitted several USA Olympic teams over the years, including the 1992 Dream Team.  Last year Champion opened first U.S. retail stores in the top 4 US markets, and is currently achieving social media popularity with nearly 4.5 million Instagram followers.
Champion offers authentic, high-quality athletic apparel around the globe, including North America, Europe, Japan and Australia. The brand is the originator, innovator and market leader in sports bras. In addition to sports bras, Champion offers high-performance T-shirts, tanks, shorts, pants, and hoodies.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

76ers, Nets, Patriots partner with Meek Mill, Jay-Z for justice reform

NEW YORK -- A coalition of big names in sports and entertainment is taking on criminal justice reform.

Rappers Meek Mill and Jay-Z and the owners of the Philadelphia 76ers, Brooklyn Nets and Super Bowl-bound New England Patriots came together in New York on Wednesday to announce the launch of an organization that will lobby for changes to state probation and parole laws.
The Reform Alliance will be led by Van Jones, a CNN host and activist who served as an adviser to former President Barack Obama.

Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin said the group is dedicating $50 million to the effort.
Mill became a symbol for criminal justice reform activists after a judge in Pennsylvania sentenced him to two to four years in prison for minor violations of his probation conditions in a decade-old gun and drug possession case. He spent months in prison before a court ordered him released.
The performer said the Reform initiative "is one of the most important things I've ever done in my life'' and that he's speaking "for people who don't have a voice.''
About 2.2 million people in the U.S. are incarcerated, and about 4.5 million are on probation or parole, according to government statistics.

"If you thought my case was unfair, there are millions of others dealing with worse situations and caught up in the system without committing crimes,'' said Mill, who will remain on probation until 2023. "With this alliance, we want to change outdated laws, give people hope and reform a system that's stacked against us.''

Jones said the Reform Alliance is taking aim at the cycle of probation and parole violations that leads people back to prison.
"That is the revolving door that keeps people back in and back in and back in,'' Jones said. "We're going to dismantle that revolving door.''
Patriots owner Robert Kraft said the current system "is not good for America.''
"We can make America better if we really cure this problem,'' he said.


DaBaby goes major.

Today (Jan. 23), the 27-year-old Charlotte, N.C.-bred rapper announces that he's officially signed to Interscope Records. His signing comes as a part of a joint venture with South Coast Music Group, which is the independent label he signed to before also linking with Interscope.
In a statement given to XXL, the rapper, who's also known as Baby Jesus, explains that his decision to sign with Interscope was a matter of comfort.

"Interscope told me to keeping doing me, don't change nothin'," DaBaby tells XXL. "I feel right at home. Now it's time to make this house the biggest crib in the MF neighborhood.
For their part, South Coast Music Group's Arnold Taylor (CEO) and South Coast Music Group's King Carter (Vice President) are both excited about partnering with the storied label.

"After years of grinding South Coast Music Group is honored to have a partner like Interscope that understands what's required to take this Carolina movement to the next level and beyond," Taylor and Carter say in a joint statement.

This signing marks the culmination of a steady rise that began with the release of DaBaby's debut mixtape Non Fiction in 2015. Although he's come to be known as much for controversy as his music—he admitted to his involvement in a Walmart shooting that left one person dead back in November 2018—he's just positioned himself to accomplish many of the goals he set for himself at the beginning of his rise to rap fame.

“To take it where it never been taken before," DaBaby told XXL when asked about his goals back in 2017. "I am a perfectionist. "I don’t really limit myself. I want people to look at me crazy. As quick as I am, gaining success as I have, I knew it was going to take place. I’m doing it to succeed. When it comes to my goals, I’m talking Grammys, I’m talking legendary, to be the greatest of all time."
Here's to more success for DaBaby going forward.

Saturday, January 05, 2019



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Wednesday, January 02, 2019

Kayne West Gets a Shoutout From Trump

The lovefest between President Donald Trump and Kanye West rages on. After 'Ye announced that he’s going to wear the MAGA hat throughout the new year, Trump shouted him out during his first Cabinet meeting of 2019 on Wednesday (Jan. 2).
During the two-hour meeting, Trump discussed a myriad of topics, including the need to have $5.6 billion to build a wall, the ongoing government shut down and he mused on how he might have made a good general himself.
According to reports, Trump also shouted out Kanye. CNBC reporter Ylan Q. Mui tweeted that Trump called the Grammy-nominated producer a “smart, a good guy.”

This news comes after Kanye went on his Twitter account and reaffirmed his support for No. 45. "Trump All Day," he tweeted in a post that three dragon emojis to represent the supposed "dragon energy" he shares with the president.
"Just so in 2019 you know where I stand," he continued. "One of my favorite of many things that the trump hat represents to me is that people can’t tell me who I should do because I’m black. That’s real racism. From now on I’m performing with my mutherfucking hat on."
Interestingly, a couple weeks back, Yeezy's G.O.O.D. Music cohort Pusha-T told Trevoh Noah of The Daily Show that Kanye stopped wearing the MAGA hat. But it now appears that won't be the case.
Watch President Donald Trump's Cabinet meeting and peep his Yeezy shout-out below.

Man Gets Beat Up Trying to Snatch Young Dolph’s Chain!

Young Dolph is very protective of his expensive jewelry. Case in point: the "Major" rapper was posted up in an undisclosed venue when a man tried to snatch his chain. The man’s attempted robbery led to a vicious beatdown.
In a video that's recently been circulating on the internet, several people can be seen throwing haymakers at the alleged would-be chain-snatcher. As at least one Twitter user noted, the piano version of Ella Mai’s “Trip” is playing in the background. Judging by the chaos, someone was going to take a trip to the hospital.

At the end of the video, we see one man on the ground. It’s unclear if that was the man who, through poor judgement, decided to grab Dolph’s chain. Another clip was posted showing Dolph’s hands which had a few cuts and bruises. He also showed off his blinged-out Smurf chain to let everyone know that his jewelry is still intact.
Hopefully, Dolph won't experience any foolishness when he embarks on his Role Model Tour with Kap G. The North American trek kicks off this Saturday (Jan. 5) in Seattle and will hit major cities like Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Houston, New Orleans, Atlanta, Philadelphia, New York, Detroit and Minneapolis, Ind.. The tour will wrap up in Milwuakee, Wisc., on Feb. 10.
"The best part of being an artist are the fans, so this tour gives me the chance to connect with them in different cities all over the country," Dolph said in a statement. "I enjoyed making Role Model and I look forward to performing it live with the people that rock with me and my music."
Watch the chaos unfold after a man allegedly tried to snatch Young Dolph's chain below.