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Editor’s Note: What’s Going On?

Editor's Note: What's Going On?

In the last four weeks, four unarmed black men have been killed by law enforcement across the country – Mike Brown in Ferguson, MO, Eric Garner in New York, NY, John Crawford in Dayton, OH and Ezell Ford in Los Angeles, CA. Though the issue of racially charged police brutality is sadly one that has reared its ugly head more often than not in our country’s history, it should never be of the sort to be collectively swept under a rug of ignorance or justification.  But as consistently sickening as statistics on this issue continue to be, we can equally count on the same level of vigilance the spirit of reform and movement others choose to show in opposition and in solidarity to stimulate change for these social injustices.  In this day and age, the power of technology and social media has allowed an ardent movement to shine a light on the glaring situation surrounding Brown’s murder in Ferguson and also those of the aforementioned.  Social activism has now taken on a new identity in the form of tweets, videos, snapshots, posts and blogs.  The information, the truth that is now so clear to a captive viral audience is available at fingertips’ length.  Yet, with all this progress in raising awareness, is it enough?  Are those on elevated social statuses and platforms using their position to shed more light on what’s going on in Ferguson?  I’d be willing to bet a whole bucket of ice water that a large number who can, aren’t. 

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Red Bull BC One North America Final LIVE STREAM

Red Bull BC One North America Final LIVE STREAM

Tonight at 9PM PST, it all goes down as the Red Bull BC One North America Final comes at y’all directly from Las Vegas at the Brooklyn Bowl.  To catch the illest b-boys duke it out to see who’s North America’s best, hit the jump to catch the full live stream! Read more

DJ Mustard Celebrates 10 Summers Release with Hennessy V.S.

DJ Mustard Celebrates 10 Summers with Hennessy V.S.
It’s undeniable the fact that DJ Mustard has owned the airwaves in 2014, what with all the chart-topping joints he’s hit us off with.  The now ubiquitous “Mustard on that beat, ho!” adlib is the signature he leaves on every masterpiece chart topper he’s blessing us with and trust you’ve heard it more than a few times to usher in a number of jams this year.  Not one to rest on his paisley patterned laurels, Mustard just dropped a new project entitled 10 Summers earlier this week.  To celebrate its release, he hooked up with everyone’s favorite turn-up activator, Hennessy V.S., for a night of assured ratchetry and good times at the Emerson Theatre in Los Angeles the other night.  As you may have guessed, a who’s who of notables came through to support.  Read on to check out who made an appearance. Read more

Win the MADE IN AMERICA Contest

Win the MADE IN AMERICA Contest

A celebration of both the unifying power of music and pursuit of the American dream, Made in America is an all-access backstage pass to the one-of-a-kind festival created by Jay Z, and directed by Academy Award winner Ron Howard. Featuring remarkable performances and backstage interviews with many of today’s biggest stars. If you are looking to cop the Made in America DVD, hit the jump, join our mailing list and enter to win the DVD so your wallet can stay full. Read more

An Educated Dress: IMPRSSVE

An Educated Dress: IMPRSSVE

An Educated Dress is The 5th Element’s visual slant on the seasonal offerings of various brands.  Our intention is to give our stylistic interpretation and assessment on styles we feel heads should take notice of.  For this edition, we let Los Angeles stand out, IMPRSSVE, show and prove their expertly crafted athletic wear with a touch of streetwear ingenuity.

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Red Bull and B-Boys Gettin’ Sky High In Las Vegas

Red Bull is truly doing some fly stuff with the most remarkably skilled b-boys these days.  Take for instance holding a cypher 550 feet in the air atop the High Roller, which just so happens to be the tallest ferris wheel in the world.  Watch the video above and witness their dazzling mastery of power moves, mid-air acrobatics and flashy footwork.  The video builds anticipation for the Red Bull BC One North America Final, the most prestigious one-on-one b-boy competition in the world, which is taking place on August 15th at the Brooklyn Bowl in Las Vegas hosted by the one and only Sway Calloway.

Black Apple Gallery: Contraband 2

Black Apple Gallery: Contraband 2

Calling all street art lovers and hip-hop fans alike, tonight Black Apple Gallery presents Contraband 2: A Night of Extraordinary Urban Street Art at the Sofitel Hotel Los Angeles in Beverly Hills, CA. Transforming the Riviera 31 Lounge, renowned street artists who have globally adorned the walls of many cities will have their art premiered under one roof.  Click through to find out more about this one of a kind night featuring the sickest street art under one roof. Read more

Lifted Anchors Presents “Hidden Gems Collection”

Lifted Anchors Presents "Hidden Gems Collection"
The crew at Lifted Anchors made long-time fans out of plenty of folks lately with their consistently outstanding offerings, many of which set the bar for forward-thinking streetwear.  This time around, with their new “Hidden Gems Collection” now available, they continue in their penchant for wildly creative cut & sew and next-level basics with subtle yet crucial details.  In this new collection, Lifted Anchors is flippin’ script by introducing denim, french terry and nylon garments into their repertoire.  The edgy cuts remain, their trademark details are still the norm, so trust that these Hidden Gems will be some sought after pieces to assemble your freshest fit.  Make sure to go and insta-cop on their online shop HERE and also hit the jump to catch more looks of this tremendously fly collection. Read more

Fila’s M-Squad Gets The Ooze Treatment

Looks like Fila’s iconic M-Squad model leveled-up some by taking a quick dip into the same ooze that turned some normcore turtles into the pizza-eating mutant ninjas that we’ve all known and loved.  The 90’s streetball model gets a new treatment via a fresh colorway to honor the upcoming release of Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles flick.  These kicks drop tomorrow, August 5th, on FILA.COM so make sure to cop then.  Peep the commercial above, whilst consuming a large pizza to yourself for added nostalgic effect, and hit the jump to see another colorway.  Also, make sure to catch the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie premiering on Friday, August 8th to relive your juvenile thoughts of just how much you thought Leonardo was a square, Michaelangelo was the raddest and April O’Neil was probably the flyest news reporter you ever did see. Read more

Jam On It: William Bell x Snoop Dogg – “I Forgot to be Your Lover” Remake

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Hip-hop would cease to exist without soul music, and that should go without saying. In homage to the genre and those that made it legendary, filmmaker and director Martin Shore’s”Take Me to the River” documentary (that premiered at the 2014 SXSW Film Festival) aims to expose the creative process between a handful of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi delta music legends as they re-imagine a new album that honors and replicates the melting pot of backgrounds, gender and generations that bore Memphis’s soul music during its prime. The film is produced by Jon Beug, Terrance Howard, Ted Chung and one other Snoop Dogg — seems like the doggfather is testing new waters outside of his normal musical realm. The accompanying soundtrack is a collaboration of soul legends and modern rappers — including Snoop himself, of course — to meld America’s youngest genre with its predecessor. The soundtrack’s ensemble cast includes William Bell, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, Lil P-Nut, Charlie Musselwhite, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Yo Gotti, The North Mississippi All-Stars and more. Peep the jump to catch the first single from the soundtrack, a remake of William Bell’s “I Forgot to be your Lover,” featuring Snoop himself, and behind the scenes video on the making of the track.
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