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Vince Staples’ new video is eerie

The music industry can be scary, or in this case, a haunted hotel

9:45 AMVince Staples’ style might be tucked in, but his latest visual opus is everything but. In conjunction with the release of his new EP Prima Donna, he dropped a 10-minute short film directed by Nabil, which features the Long Beach, California, native wandering through a world of psychedelic visions and mystery following a video shoot and a cab ride that starts off with intrigue and ends with a glorious dancing man signaling his arrival. Various tracks from the project are heard or performed throughout.

A dance version of OutKast’s ATLiens makes a random appearance as he wanders around a hotel he doesn’t understand. In it, everywhere he turns are either screaming fans, flash-clicking paparazzi or worse. It’s part Thriller, part The Shining with a healthy dose of Stranger Things.

Staples is 23 years old, and I imagine that since he’s moved to that secondary level of stardom where magazines ask him to do things like talk about random stuff for web videos. Maybe he’s feeling a tad trapped in. He gives back to his community and is a thoughtful guy, but fame can get to you.

He said as much in a recent interview with Highsnobiety. “Music was never really something I wanted to do, so I never thought about it as a kid,” Staples said. “I don’t have any dreams or aspirations or goals I want to meet music-wise, so there’s nothing to keep me from being level-headed.”

Let’s just hope he doesn’t become the modern-day Dorian Gray, as this film suggests.

Colin Kaepernick was ahead of the game

He was wearing socks in defiance of the San Francisco police a while back

9:40 PMWhile everyone was screaming about how San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick was way out of line for sitting during the national anthem in a game last week, he’d already made a point that many had missed. In protest of police behavior, he wore socks with pigs depicting police on them. No one noticed. That wasn’t until recently when he decided to take a public stance against the United States flag by sitting during the national anthem. Mind you, even that first happened nearly a month ago.

This is important for two reasons. Clearly his team and his coach knew that this subject had been on his mind for some time. For those of you in the “you just don’t do it that way” argument in reference to his sitting during The Star-Spangled Banner, welp, he tried this way first. Secondly, clearly his team and his coach knew about it, so if you’re going to pile on, it’s only fair that criticism extend to the 49ers organization for allowing such blatantly disrespectful rationally demonstrative behavior.

Kaepernick issued a statement about the matter Thursday afternoon.


Oh, and if you want those socks, you can get them here. And before you go screaming on your social media account, don’t forget what the San Francisco Police Department has been up to recently.

Georgetown University has plans to atone

But those don’t include financial assistance for slave descendants

1:00 PMHere’s the big problem with slavery: Without actual legal tender, there is no way to repay the damage done. It’s as simple as that. So when it was revealed that Georgetown University, the prestigious institution in Washington, D.C., once had to save itself by selling off slaves, many were prepared for not only an apology, but more. On Thursday, Georgetown has plans to do exactly that. Up to a point.

University President John J. DeGioia will say sorry, create a major, throw up a memorial and rename a few buildings, according to The New York Times. Oh, and the school will allow an advantage in admission for the descendants of the slaves sold, sort of like a legacy status if your parents went to Georgetown. But you know what isn’t on the list of things? Money.

Think of it this way: The kids of Georgetown graduates have parents who likely made actual money off the fact that they attended said institution. The prestige of being on campus there is not just the fun had whilst matriculating. It’s about being able to walk into an interview in America and command a job. It’s not the same to say to some kid, ‘Hey, great, you can go here because we sold your relatives back in the day.’ Those people NEVER made any money off their time there. Not that it ever could be, but the non-apples-to-apples solution is obvious.

All this, mind you, after the school created a whole panel to work on this, who put out an 100-plus-page report along with recommendations. You know what wasn’t on those either? Scholarship and financial assistance. It took 20-odd people to sit around for a few weeks and tell people you didn’t plan to give any actual money to the families who need it? The message is: We profited off you, now you can be first to hand us more cash!

Money talks and it appears that Georgetown University isn’t quite ready to align itself to the notion of reparations.

New Pumas harken back to tennis legend

Guillermo Vilas serves as an inspiration for sneaker line

10:00 AMGuillermo Vilas is the best men’s tennis player never to be ranked No. 1 in the world. The Argentine left-hander, who won four Grand Slam tournaments, was inducted into the ATP Hall of Fame in 1991, but in the past year, there’s been a push to get his named officially recognized as a one-time best player in the world. Now, with Puma’s new G. Vilas line, his legacy lives on in a different way.


Vilas originally partnered with the brand back in the 1970s, and these new kicks with his name on them are sure to be of interest for the dad rap retro crowd. According to the company, “this new version for fall is similar to classic, OG design, but has been given a fresh update featuring a speckled midsole inspired by the different textures of the tennis court. This season sees the classic in rich winter colors and warm hues.”

The shoes basically look like a suede version of the California’s, but with a sleeker, slightly more mature design. I’ll say this: They’re a definite improvement on the G. Vilas brand. Perfect for back to school, even if your days on the playground are long behind you.

As for that No. 1 ranking, not sure these kicks will help.

Daily Dose: 9/1/16

Chris Brown stays in some foolishness

9:50 AMHappy September, kiddos. In all honesty, if you are headed to school today or have kids going back, good luck and have fun. If not, you can be just like the rest of us, lamenting all the stuff you didn’t do this summer that you said you would.

Larry Sanders is a fascinating individual. Not just because he had the courage to walk away from the NBA when he didn’t feel mentally stable enough to play. Nor simply due to the fact he’s got an interest in fine art or dabbles as a musician. It’s because he considers himself a young entrepreneur. It’s well within his right to use the cash he’s made in the NBA as seed money for his projects, so why not? Being a pro athlete at one point of your life doesn’t mean you’re beholden to it forever. VICE Sports‘ Mike Piellucci chronicles Sanders’ continuing growth.

Well, that was a doozy. Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump reignited his base Wednesday night in Arizona, just hours after what seemed to be an about-face regarding his feelings on immigration in Mexico. There, he held a rather awkward news conference with President Enrique Peña Nieto in which he said the wall on the border he has such high hopes for was never even discussed. Anyway, Wednesday night was a return to form, complete with someone calling for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton’s death from the crowd. Here’s the fact check on what Trump said and ABC News’ Rick Klein has an analysis.

Chris Brown’s summer is not ending well. The entertainer was arrested on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, which is never good. The scuttlebutt of the story is a tad strange, but what in Hollywood isn’t. The woman who accused Brown of doing so is also a pageant queen who’s been accused of stealing luxury items in the past. So whatever dispute there was over a piece of jewelry in his house, who knows who’s telling the truth. The accuser’s name is Baylee Curran and she talked to Good Morning America about the experience.

James Harrison would like you to know that he is a clean. The Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker took to Instagram to make sure that once he was cleared of any wrongdoing by the NFL in a situation stemming from an accusation of using performance-enhancing drugs based on an Al Jazeera report, the world absolutely never forgot it. We tried to tell him he had nothing to lose by talking to the NFL about the allegations, and we were right. More specifically, every current player mentioned in that report is in the clear, ESPN reports.

Free Food

Coffee Break: My feelings about the Harambe meme have been well-outlined in this space (if you’re new here, I love it all), but this latest news is almost too much. The Philadelphia Zoo has a new baby gorilla. They’re having a naming contest. This is not a drill.

Snack Time: Ever since he and Jay Z broke up, Dame Dash has been out to prove to the world that he’s a successful, relevant individual. Presumably, his new “brutally honest” TV series in development will help.

Dessert: The Buffalo Bills have three black quarterbacks. Read about them here.

Daily Dose: 8/31/16

Don’t question Blac Chyna’s love for Rob Kardashian

2:50 PMGot another podcast in the books, kiddos. This week, we talked about San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, our trip to Chicago and the VMAs. Have a listen.

While the occurrence was expected out of Brazil, it’s still not a good development. On Wednesday, Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff was impeached, a step that does not bode well for a country with its type of problems. Of course, she’d been suspended for the past six months, but considering how tumultuous things were reputation-wise with the nation surrounding the Olympics, it’s not a good look. ABC News’ Miriam Khan has the story.

Though wrestling is not technically a sport, it still deals with issues from a workplace standpoint like everybody else. Drug abuse, discrimination, hiring practices, etc. But the topic of gay wrestlers is one of particular prominence. For lack of a better term, much of the wrestling world was built on the concept of the anti-gay athlete, ancient definitions of the concept of masculinity, etc. All that was once part and parcel with the product. VICE Sports‘ Joseph Jaafari takes a look at the LGBT community in wrestling.

Around these parts, we love Blac Chyna and always will. She came up from her gig as a video vixen and parlayed it into a seat at the dinner table in the Kardashian household, which is a huge deal if you care about being famous. But I’m not going to be the one to say that her interest in her fiancé Rob Kardashian isn’t genuine, mainly because I don’t believe that. Anyway, she helped him get out of the shadows and back into the public eye, which again is a big deal in that family.

Fred Taylor just levied a pretty big accusation against the NFL. The former Jacksonville Jaguars running back took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to blast the league for its practice when it comes to disclosing injuries to its players. He said that he recently went to the doctor and discovered three rather serious injuries that he’d never been informed of in his career. Obviously, that’s beyond unethical, but proving it is difficult. ESPN’s Mike DiRocco has the story.

Fast Food

Coffee Break: If you don’t listen to Desus and Mero, you need to get on that. The two New York comedians have been podcast hosts and TV personalities, but now their operation is fully weaponized. They’ve got their own show on Viceland. This is tremendous news.

Snack Time: WIRED is a fun magazine. I don’t subscribe, but I do pick it up, often. Every once and again, there’s a guest editor, which is always fun. This time, the magazine picked the president.

Dessert: Just saying, here’s a different way to look at things.

All Day Podcast: 8/30/16

A recap of The Undefeated’s town hall, Colin Kaepernick’s stand against the national anthem and the VMAs

9:41 AMAfter spending last week in Chicago for An Undefeated Conversation: Athletes, Responsibility and Violence, the All Day Podcast crew was back in action this week.

Host Clinton Yates, staff writer Justin Tinsley and senior style writer Jill Hudson convened to recap The Undefeated’s town hall meeting, discuss San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick’s position on the national anthem and break down last weekend’s MTV Video Music Awards.

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On the topic of An Undefeated Conversation, Justin shares what he wanted the public to take away from it, while Clinton recalls a trip he took to a barbershop on Chicago’s South Side while there for the town hall.

The conversation transitions to a discussion of Kaepernick, who has vowed to sit during the national anthem before games “to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” Jill questions whether or not Kaepernick would have made a comment like this a few years ago, when he was one of the faces of the league.

Last but not least, the crew talks all things VMAs. Justin’s favorite part of the show in two words: Teyana Taylor.

Give it a listen, and if you have any feedback or show ideas, feel free to email us at allday@andscape.com.

The magic of Ray J strikes again

He’s black Hollywood’s version of Forrest Gump

4:49 PMWith each passing year, we gain more respect for less interest in William Ray Norwood, Jr. With one TV role, one hit song and one sex tape, singer Brandy’s kid brother cemented himself in Hollywood for the rest of his life. Part goon, part entertainer — his whole life has been like an actual episode of the Real Husbands of Hollywood. If you’re wondering, he’s still making money off that sex tape.

But his ability to show up when crazy stuff pops off has become fascinating. There was the time that he took his radio/Twitter beef into the real world and stepped to rapper Fabolous at a show in Las Vegas. Let’s also not forget that he busted his way into Whitney Houston’s suite on the day she died, because oh, right, they were dating when that happened. Anyway, when news of a police standoff at Chris Brown’s house broke earlier Tuesday, we should have known old Ray would be involved.

The Sexy Can I singer was getting tattooed at Brown’s house (of course) when things popped off, an incident that involves a claim that he pulled a gun on a woman. Brown, who took to Instagram to post his frustration, didn’t see the purpose for all the commotion. But with his history of violence, he does not get the benefit of the doubt.

“At some point, Ray J left the house and when he got to the base of the driveway police handcuffed him and seized his BMW. They checked his ID, uncuffed him and let him go, but kept his car as evidence. He Uber-ed home,” according to TMZ.

The thought of having the presence of mind to get that order in while sliding out on the low is classic Ray J. Adding to the craziness is the fact that Brown, Los Angeles Lakers guard Nick Young and former NBA player Gilbert Arenas are all in the same neighborhood. Check out this video of Swaggy P telling Brown to move, all the while you can hear a police helicopter in the background.

If the block is too hot for a man who gets his stuff put on the street by his fiancée, then it might be time to bounce.

Are Drake and Rihanna about to drop a project?

Or maybe they’re getting married

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When Drake and Rihanna carried on in their usual way last weekend at the MTV Video Music Awards, fans of both artists speculated wildly about what was going on in their relationship. Aubrey nearly ruined her Video Vanguard Award presentation by going full sensitive, looking like he might actually pull out a ring and ask for her hand during a moment that was supposed to be about her.

There was an awkward kiss, all sorts of memes, then we all went back to our lives. But then, drakeandrihanna.com popped up. With a countdown clock. Which means it’s time for our favorite game: Reckless Speculation! First though, let’s get the details.

An All Day Investigation reveals that this domain was registered in the United Kingdom on Monday. The date at the end of the clock is Sept. 8, a Thursday. It happens to be the day between two show dates in Los Angeles on Drake and Future’s Summer Sixteen Tour. That’s 6 p.m. in Calabasas, if you’re counting. Drake’s regular and clothing sites are created through GoDaddy.com (stars, they’re just like us!). RiRi’s site is created through NetworkSolutions.com. So, this could easily be an outside job. Or an elaborate hoax to throw people off the scent, not dissimilar to Drizzy being late for the VMAs due to “traffic.”

Anyway, back to the game. The first guess, again, presuming this isn’t all a hoax, is an album. They’ve certainly made music before and they’re both at the peak of their powers from an artist’s standpoint. The other option is, of course, that the two are getting hitched. According to Entertainment Tonight, the two are now officially dating. And, again, the countdown date is between concerts in Los Angeles. That’s enough time to get to Las Vegas and back.

The larger question is which would we prefer? A union, an album or … both? This country’s two favorite non-American performers might soon make us all much happier.

Bummer. Or, brilliant?

Daily Dose: 8/30/16

Huma Abedin dumps her no-good man

10:30 AMI’ve gotten quite a few angry emails over the years, but never has someone come at me on Instagram over something I said on the radio. I guess I can cross that one off the list, now.

One of the pillars of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is about his wall. He’s going to build it, and apparently Mexico’s going to pay for it, etc. The implication is that President Barack Obama, through his porous policies on immigration, is letting all sorts of people in the country who are either A) “stealing” jobs or B) plotting acts of terror. It’s a dangerous and irresponsible premise, but that’s a discussion for another day. Small problem with that whole construct: Obama has deported more people than any other U.S. president ever has, ABC News reports.

With the Tony Romo situation being caput in Dallas, Dak Prescott is now the starter. Not only will he be the first black man to start at quarterback for the Dallas Cowboys since Quincy Carter, he’s also a rookie. Starting a rookie in the NFL is just something you don’t do unless you absolutely have to, because there’s nothing that can really replicate what the league is like at game-day speed until it happens. And it almost certainly never occurs when said quarterback was the 135th pick in the draft. FiveThirtyEight’s Chase Stuart analyzes exactly how rare it really is.

Anthony Weiner just can’t get right. My man has a serious problem with sending people pictures of his body, to the chagrin of his family and at the cost of his career. Now, it’s costing him his marriage, as well. Why? Because in his latest episode, he managed to include his child in the photograph, which is just too embarrassing to stand for. If you need a refresher course on just how many allegations and pictures there were, ABC News’ J.J. Gallagher has your back. Weiner’s wife, Huma Abedin, doesn’t have time for this foolishness.

The U.S. Open is underway in New York, and on Monday we got a great match. If you’ve been trapped in a world of only Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic for the past say, two years, you might have missed the fact that there’s an 18-year-old kid from Maryland who is a beast. Yesterday, Francis Tiafoe nearly outlasted John Isner in the first round, but it didn’t end up happening. That match was a thriller, but if you want to learn more about him, check out this feature from 2014 about where Tiafoe came from.

Free Food

Coffee Break: Few things are scarier than clowns, but this story takes the cake. Apparently, somewhere in South Carolina, there is a band of clowns living in the woods, trying to lure children with candy and money. The clown factor is almost the least scary thing about the whole situation.

Snack Time: The kid who was caught imitating a doctor has been arrested again, but this time, the story’s not so funny. This young man clearly has a problem and needs someone or something to help him out with it.

Dessert: Nardwuar vs. Eric Andre. Wow.

Tina Knowles shares her thoughts on Colin Kaepernick

She’s definitely in his corner

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The people that are so offended and apppalled by Mr. Kaebernick's protest. I 'd like to know if they are as outraged by all the senseless killing of minorities, all of the racial injustices in America, that people are okay with. We turn a blind eye to it and as long as it is not affecting us personally we avoid thinking , discussing , protesting , and doing a thing about it. Here is a man that is taking a non violent stand to bring attention to this horrible problem. He is not saying he does not love or respect his country or our flag,but the flag is supposed to be a symbol of freedom , equality, and justice for all !! Is that really what the flag stands for??? He is saying that it is hard to hear the song that says " The land of the Free and the home of the brave." Because it's not true!!!!! He is truly being brave. Please support him for stepping out and taking a stand . Let's not let them ostracize him let's support him . Mr. Wade said it best "Enough is Enough" What will we do today to contribute to change no mater how small. ❤️

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San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has set the sports take world on fire with his comments about why he plans to sit during the national anthem before games. It’s sparked a firestorm of debate, and now, musical artist Beyoncé’s mother, Tina Knowles, has also chimed in.

The “Mr. Wade” Knowles is referring to here is Dwyane Wade, whose cousin was killed in a shooting in Chicago recently. The Chicago Bulls guard was part of the group of players who stood up before the ESPYS to speak about the police brutality problem in this country. Meanwhile, rookie linebacker Myke Tavarres of the Philadelphia Eagles is also joining in on the protest.

This entire discussion will become very interesting from a TV production standpoint, if once the regular season starts, not only more players refuse to stand, but people in the stands do, too.

Behold, the greatest Vine of 2016

Beyoncé blessed Chance The Rapper with her presence and her touch

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There are moments that are genuine in the music industry, but many more that are super fake. Award shows tend to be cauldrons for the latter, simply because there’s no real reason any of these people would be in the same room, save a paycheck. But every once and again something happens that makes you smile, laugh and squee all at the same time. The MTV Video Music Awards are typically good for OMG moments, but typically of the more shocking, quasi-offended variety.

Chance The Rapper is having a crazy summer. His Coloring Book project is doing the most, and his life is at the point where he’s wearing matching overalls and hats to public appearances. Back to the point, this interview is incredible. Let’s break things down frame by frame.

First off, there’s Meredith Graves, who clearly has no idea she’s about to be a part of history. I mean, she knows she’s with Chancelor Bennett, obviously, but the grace with which the queen just swings through and dominates the situation is borderline unreal. Peep the long approach. Appearing in a gorgeous white gown, Beyoncé’s walk alone has everyone else in the frame wondering just what she is going to do. Then, the best part is the casual look off before coming into frame, as to not *completely* photo bomb the set.

Meanwhile, Chance is getting his shoutout on, grabbing the microphone WWE-style, when Auntie Yoncé rocks his world. Seriously, look at this.

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Beyoncé smiles for the camera, makes the requisite contact and moves on. Let’s take this moment to discuss Chance’s gear. First of all, the hat is tremendous. He’s been designing with the Chicago White Sox and New Era recently, so we know that he’s on point on that front. Most importantly, however, is that button. First off, who wears buttons anymore? I wouldn’t know where to buy a button if I tried, and if the place wasn’t called the internet.

The reaction afterward is perfect, and Mrs. Carter is beyond gracious. Meanwhile, Michael Jackson is cold chilling above the buckle. And the Newport definitely got smoked immediately afterward.

Daily Dose: 8/29/16

Colin Kaepernick is not here for games

12:04 PMI’m over summer. August always feels like the longest month and it’s finally drawing to a close. In better news, I went to Trillectro this weekend. I was the oldest person there and I had zero problem with it.

Chicago is not a war zone. Chicago is exactly what you get when you segregate, defund, disrespect and disorganize people to the point of chaos. Over the weekend, after The Undefeated’s town hall conversation on the South Side in which we tried to discuss how to come up with solutions for the city’s violence issues, Chicago Bulls guard Dwyane Wade’s cousin was shot and killed while pushing a stroller. Summertime is fighting season in urban America, and if those quarrels are settled with guns, many people die. ABC News reports on the latest spike in violence for the windy city.

I thought Aubrey was going to propose to Rihanna on Sunday night. The MTV Video Music Awards were held Sunday night in New York City and it was a fun one. It’s still the best awards show out there, whether you want to admit that to yourself or not, and rapper Kanye West didn’t disappoint. He also didn’t go nuts, but showed his family love and told his fans why he’s famous. Also, Rihanna. Like, seriously. RIHANNA. Anyways, here’s the full list of winners, in case you’re the kind of person who actually cares about who wins these awards. Rihanna.

Dentists are terrifying. A buddy of mine from college is a dentist, as is a girl I crushed on in middle school. I haven’t seen them in years. Every time I have to even think about the concept of someone putting their fingers in my mouth, I sort of freak out. Luckily, I’ve never had a cavity and never had the unfortunate pleasure of someone drilling into my teeth. In the dentist world, apparently there’s a big question as to whether or not flossing actually does anything. FiveThirtyEight’s Katherine Hobson explains how to keep your kid out of that scary chair.

The Colin Kaepernick discussion has your boy genuinely hopping mad. Playing The Star-Spangled Banner before sporting events is a genuinely pointless tradition that needs to go based on the merit of entertainment, never mind politics. In case you didn’t know, that little ditty that Francis Scott Key penned from Baltimore is actually extremely racist and completely not cool. Sorry. Stay woke. Back to Kaep, the whole point of what he’s sitting down for is why people who work, fight and live under that flag exist. Here’s what he said.

Free Food

Coffee Break: In the world of bad hair decisions, NBA free agent Carlos Boozer is a legend. But who would have thought that someone with his very same initials would make the exact same mistake? Actually, the bit was rather funny and it actually helped the Texas Rangers win a game. The announcers here say it all.

Snack Time: We told you about the Brujas, an all-female skate crew in New York, a while back. They not only empower their own, but they help their own. And when one of them went missing and was found dead in a river, they made sure she was properly memorialized.

Dessert: You didn’t have this much fun this weekend. Goals.

Speaking of Chicago

They’ve got some great public art

7:00 AMAs we’ve mentioned, it’s been a long week in Chicago. I was lucky enough to get the chance to walk around downtown a little bit and look at what was on the walls. This is what I found.


“Harmony” is my favorite.