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Apr 25, 2018
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Air Jordan 1 “Best Hand in the Game” Collection Release Details Confirmed

After a bit of confusion regarding the release schedule for the region specific Air Jordan 1 “Best Hand in the Game” Collection, release details for the highly anticipated offering are now defined.

The entirety of the pack will release on May 1. The “Blue Moon” and “Clay Green” pairs will release in North America, “Clay Green” and “Track Red” in Greatest China, and “Track Red” and “Yellow Ochre” in Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific while also dropping in Latin America. Both the “Blue Moon” and “Clay Green” iterations will release on Nike SNKRS. All pairs will retail for 0 USD.

Air Jordan 1 “Best Hand in the Game” Collection

Release Date: May 1, 2018
Price: 0

Blue Moon: North America
Clay Green: North America, Greater China
Track Red: Greater China, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America
Yellow Ochre: Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America

Air Jordan 1 "Best Hand in the Game" Collection"
Air Jordan 1 “Best Hand in the Game” Collection”

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Apr 25, 2018
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OVO x Clarks Wallabee Collection Revives Slept On Staple in Hip Hop History

If you were born before 1990 you’re well aware of the history and importance of the Clarks Wallabee in hip-hop fashion.

If you’re reading this and were born after, well, it’s not too late.

Proving exactly that, the OVO x Clarks Wallabee Collection sees Oliver, 40 and Aubrey reviving the second most important non-sneaker in rap culture in a big and beautiful way. [Editor’s Note: The first is the Timberland 6″ Boot, and yup, they did a pair of those, too.]

Made famous by the Wu-Tang Clan during their mid-’90s rise from the depths of Shaolin and then remade shortly after in Wu Wear fashion, the Clarks Wallabee was forever immortalized when it appeared in two-tone, custom dyed fashion on the cover of Ghostface Killah’s solo debut, Ironman.

In true Wu fashion, Ghostface, Cappadonna and Raekwon were doing the most hip-hop shit ever by flipping modern luxury and making it their own. The result? Ghost and Co. were crowned living legends in regards to flavor, standing out in an era that was getting dominated by designer garb much like today.

I mean, can you imagine Rich the Kid, Lil Pump or Future making custom Gucci gear the focal point of their album art? For sure, that’s not too far off base.

Know label led records like “RAF,” “Gucci Gang” or “Thought it Was A Drought?” Well, that was the Ghostface and Raekwon on the intro to “Glaciers of Ice” back on Only Built 4 Cuban Linx.

Wu-Tang and Wallabees paved the way for the fashion frontier we live in today, having the guts to position the shoe as their staple on two certified classic albums.

As alluded to, the bet proved good money as Wallys were synonymous with the Wu like Rocky and Raf. Wu Wear would be a big deal upon its birth, making their own take on the Clarks classic when at that time only pop stars like Michael Jackson and MC Hammer had their own shoes.

Still, the original Clarks pair registered as the real deal then and have placed their stamp on hip-hop history that’s still seen now.

Rocked in high regard by everyone from Kanye West to the late, great A$AP Yams, the shoes strike a cord with those connected to the pulse of the genre. Showing his respect for Tony Stark, Macklemore even got OG Wallabee customizer Sycamore to paint a two-tone pair in homage to Ghostface and a nod to his hometown Mariners.

This Friday, we’ll see Drake and the OVO family pay respects and get paid just the same with their own official collaboration.

Made in Italy and running a steep 0 a pair, this premium product is slated to drop this Friday at all OVO stores, online at OVO’s online store and at the Clarks Originals store in London.

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Apr 25, 2018
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The New Jordan Standard Borrows a Page From the Nike Sock Dart

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Image via: Nike

Jordan Brand’s new runner is the Jordan Standard, a slip-on silhouette designed by Nike legend Tinker Hatfield. Featuring a unique feathered leather build on the upper, the shoe sits on tooling borrowed from the Nike Sock Dart, created by Tinker’s brother, Tobie. There are also elements of traditional Jordan DNA featured on the design, including elephant print on the wide midfoot strap, as well as tongue holes that give the nod to the Air Jordan 6. Launching in inaugural triple-white and triple-black colorways, the Jordan Standard will be available April 30th through nike.com.

Release Date: 4/30/18 (Monday)

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Apr 25, 2018
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Kanye West’s YEEZY Line is Hiring

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Apr 25, 2018
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AMIRI Viper Leather Low // Available Now

AMIRI has added a new silhouette to their spring 18 collection known as the Viper Leather Low.

This iteration is the brand’s first low-top offering, featuring a smooth Italian calf skin upper that’s offset with green accents on the heel and quarter-panel. Lastly, this style takes on the signature AMIRI appeal with its distressed blemishes throughout the upper and midsole to give it a worn-in look.

The AMIRI Viper Leather Low is now available at select AMIRI accounts, as well as the brand’s online store.

AMIRI Viper Leather Low

Price: 5 USD

AMIRI Viper Leather Low
AMIRI Viper Leather Low
AMIRI Viper Leather Low
AMIRI Viper Leather Low
AMIRI Viper Leather Low
AMIRI Viper Leather Low
AMIRI Viper Leather Low
AMIRI Viper Leather Low
AMIRI Viper Leather Low
AMIRI Viper Leather Low

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Apr 25, 2018
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atmos x Nike Air Max 1 “Curry” Pack // Coming Soon

atmos and Nike are back at it with a duo of Air Max 1s that each spawns culinary inspiration.

Labeled “Red Curry” and “Green Curry,” these silhouettes are crafted with suede and mesh panelings on the upper with unbuckle accents on the quarter. Lastly, these styles are contrasted with white midsoles and black outsoles.

The atmos x Nike Air Max 1 “Curry” Pack doesn’t have a release date yet, but stay tuned with Nice Kicks for more details.

atmos x Nike Air Max 1 “Curry” Pack

Price: 0 USD

 atmos x Nike Air Max 1 "Curry" Pack
atmos x Nike Air Max 1 “Curry” Pack
 atmos x Nike Air Max 1 "Curry" Pack
atmos x Nike Air Max 1 “Curry” Pack
 atmos x Nike Air Max 1 "Curry" Pack
atmos x Nike Air Max 1 “Curry” Pack
 atmos x Nike Air Max 1 "Curry" Pack
atmos x Nike Air Max 1 “Curry” Pack

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Apr 25, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: De Blasio donor probe ballooned to include alleged drug dealer


The sprawling federal investigation that rocked the NYPD’s upper ranks included a probe into alleged cocaine and marijuana trafficking by a Bronx restaurant owner described as “the biggest drug dealer around,” new papers reveal.


An FBI affidavit filed in connection with the upcoming trial of Mayor de Blasio donor Jeremy Reichberg and now-retired Deputy Inspector James Grant shows that in October 2014, the feds were examining a suspected scheme in which sales of stolen or untaxed liquor funded a pot and coke trafficking ring.


At the time, authorities suspected then-Chief of Department Philip Banks, Reichberg and another de Blasio donor, Jona Rechnitz, were backing the out-of-state liquor scheme orchestrated by another restaurateur, Hamlet Peralta.


The proceeds of Peralta’s scam were funding a drug running operation run by Hugo Figueroa — a former snitch who returned to dealing despite repeated encounters with authorities, FBI agent Joseph Downs said in papers. There is no indication that authorities suspected Banks, Reichberg or Rechnitz of having any involvement with drug trafficking.


An unnamed person told the FBI in February 2014 that Figueroa was “the biggest drug dealer around and that he would never get caught because he knew how to get around,” according to the affidavit.


Figueroa previously cooperated with the FBI in a case that resulted in the seizure of over 400 kilos of cocaine in 2007, according to the affidavit. He told the FBI he owned a Bronx restaurant, Latino Express, that was frequented by cops, the papers say. The eatery appears to have closed three years ago.


“There is probable cause to believe target subject Hamlet Peralta is engaged in a wire fraud scheme involving the illegal wholesale distribution of stolen and/or untaxed liquor,” a February 2015 affidavit by Downs reads.


“The proceeds of the scheme are being used, among other things, to fund the illegal distribution of narcotics by target subject Hugo Figueroa, as well as to pay or otherwise reward one or more officers with the New York City Police Department for assistance in their official capacities.”


Undercover FBI agents spied on Peralta and Figueroa during a meetup in lower Manhattan on Nov. 10, 2014, papers show. The agents weren’t able to hear what was discussed.


Peralta is serving five years in prison for duping investors into paying million for his liquor distribution business, which authorities said was actually a Ponzi scheme.


A law enforcement source said that Figueroa’s name had “popped up” through the investigation of Peralta.


“Ultimately, they couldn’t prove what Figueroa was doing,” the source said.


Grant’s attorney John Meringolo knew little about Figueroa, but called him “the gangster.”


He said his client had no knowledge of Figueroa and was questioned about drug trafficking.


“It’s like it got swept under the rug,” Meringolo added about that aspect of the investigation.


The feds have not brought any drug trafficking charges in connection with the NYPD bribery scandal revealed in 2016.


Grant is accused of accepting bribes from Reichberg and Rechnitz in exchange for favors, like expediting gun license applications.


A former deputy chief, Michael Harrington, accused of being “on call” for Reichberg and Rechnitz, has pleaded guilty.


On Monday, Assistant U.S. Attorney Martin Bell emphasized that Reichberg was the subject of an ongoing investigation.


“I don’t think (the ongoing investigation) involves drug trafficking or Figueroa,” the law enforcement source said.


“They’re done with him unless something new pops up.”


Rechnitz is cooperating with prosecutors. Banks has not been charged.


Banks’ lawyer, Ben Brafman, said he and his client had no knowledge of Figueroa. Banks had not been questioned about him, Brafman said.


Calls to attorneys for Reichberg and Rechnitz were not returned. Peralta’s lawyer declined comment.


Efforts to reach Figueroa were unsuccessful.

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Apr 24, 2018
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Reebok Takes Its 3:AM Series to Atlanta

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Image via: Reebok

After kicking off its 3:AM series in New York City, Reebok has arrived in Atlanta to continue its exploration of late-night creativity. The brand partnered with local creative agency LVRN (LoveRenaissance) and the artist FRKO RICO to examine how the city sparks creativity in the late-night hours. Their exploits are documented in a new short film that tours Atlanta hot spots like the Little Five Points district, as well as the Cascade roller-skating rink and City of Ink tattoo parlor.

As part of the project, Reebok will be launching a 3:AM capsule collection featuring apparel and footwear made in collaboration with LVRN and FRKO RICO. The goods take the form of the Workout Plus 3AM ATL, LVRN Classic Leather and FRKO Classic Leather, as well as three T-shirts and one hoodie. The limited-edition collection will be available starting April 27th exclusively at select Foot Locker stores, footlocker.com and reebok.com.

Release Date: 4/27/18 (Friday)

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Apr 24, 2018
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BRONX NEWS: Massive blaze rips through row of stores in the Bronx


Scores of firefighters raced to put out a massive fire that tore through a row of stores in the Bronx Tuesday, authorities said.


The flames sparked inside a shuttered Chinese restaurant on E. 194th St. near Marion Ave. in Fordham Manor about 5:20 a.m. and quickly spread to six adjoining shops, fire officials said.


By 7:30 a.m. the blistering blaze reached a fifth alarm, meaning that 198 firefighters were on scene.


The fire was under control about 9:20 a.m. — four hours after it started.


“The whole place was filled with smoke — you couldn’t see nothing,” said Balgrim Boodram, the building superintendent. “I have no idea what started it.”


The fire was so intense it was not safe for firefighters to go inside, sources said.


Flames consumed the Fu Wang Chinese Restaurant, a corner laundromat, pizza parlor, a barber shop and scorched parts of Compare Foods supermarket, authorities said.


The row of stores was part of the lifeblood of the neighborhood.


“We buy food here, we got laundry, we got medication — we go (to the) barber shop, he cuts my hair,” said Boodram, 52. “Now we’re gotta go somewhere else.”


“It hurts,” said Barry Chalmers, 58. “This is the only place that some people have to shop at. Hopefully it wasn’t intentional, maybe something will come from it — urban renewal maybe.”


Two firefighters suffered minor injuries and were taken to Montefiore Medical Center for treatment.


The FDNY Fire Marshals will determine what started the fire, officials said.

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Apr 24, 2018
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Jordan Brand is Sending Kids to College and Sports Isn’t a Requirement

For many, attending college without a scholarship is all but impossible. Whether it be financial or otherwise, for a large segment of the population, a continued education isn’t even worth a second thought given the cloud of doubt surrounding the sheer possibility of it. Jordan Brand, however, represents clearer skies for several underprivileged youths. Many have realized their goals of a college education through somewhat of an unlikely source.

With its “Wings” program, Jordan Brand, according to a new story on The Undefeated, has helped more than 200 students since 2015 attend college. And not just get there, but attend these universities with full scholarships.

Larry Miller, President of Jordan Brand
Larry Miller, President of Jordan Brand

Larry Miller, President of Jordan Brand, sees the vision of the “Wings” program as a testament to equality, community, and the brand’s namesake who, following the guidance of his mother and teachers, placed education in the highest regard.

After being taken third overall in the 1984 NBA Draft, following three years in Chapel Hill at North Carolina, Jordan suffered an injury during his second season in the NBA that caused him to miss a considerable amount of playing time — 64 games to be exact. Jordan used that time to return to the University of North Carolina to finish his degree in geography.

Michael Jordan at Tarheels basketball game
Michael Jordan at a Tarheels basketball game

Jordan’s determination is funneled through his charity. Rebranded as the “Wings” program in 2010, the foundation first operated under the title Jordan Fundamentals Program from 1999 to 2009. During that time, they gave more than million in financial aid to under serviced schools. Now, “Wings” aims to eclipse those lofty figures by sending students to college that would not otherwise be there, helping them realize their dreams through their intelligence, not their abilities in the realm of sports.

Rozzie Cribbs, a youthful and talented designer from the southside of Chicago, is one of the success stories mentioned in The Undefeated article. He’d been a talented artist and graphic design whiz much of his young life. So was his older brother, from which he took much of his inspiration. Cribbs, given his residency in Chicago and enrollment at Little Black Pearl Art & Design Academy — where Miller once spoke to “at-risk” students — was in an ideal position for his talents to be recognized. He would spend Saturdays with his friends at the Jordan Brand South State Street flagship creating and learning the finer points of design, marketing and business savvy. On one Saturday, like many others before it, Cribbs designed a t-shirt — a freehand design adored by those also at State Street that day. Soon after the shirt went on sale at the store. Within just two days, it had sold out.

Cribbs is now a sophomore at Southern Illinois University studying Communication Design.

Rozzie Cribbs, Wings scholarship recipient
Rozzie Cribbs, Wings scholarship recipient

His right place right time story is a fortunate one. Thankfully, there are other examples that mirror Cribbs’ both in chance and preparation. But what all those 200 stories have in common is a willingness from Jordan Brand. A willingness to put their money where their values lie. That, in and of itself, is bigger than sneakers, sports, and certainly bottom lines. Through “Wings,” Jordan Brand is doing their part to help build sustainable communities by giving those with less an opportunity to achieve more.

Learn more about “Wings” here.

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Apr 24, 2018
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Palace and adidas Originals Are Set to Launch Their Summer 2018 Collaboration

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Image via: Palace

Palace and adidas Originals have reconvened on a capsule collection made for the warm weather months ahead. The apparel pieces take the form of a matching terry cloth polo shirt and shorts, which are set to launch alongside a beach towel, crew sock and adilette pool slides. Each item, adorned with dual Palace and adidas branding, is grouped into three different color palettes inspired by the national flags of Germany, Italy and France. Check out the individual pieces in the gallery below, and expect the Palace x adidas Originals Summer 2018 collection to launch this Friday, April 27th, at Palace stores in London and New York, as well as online at palaceskateboards.com.

Release Date: 4/27/18 (Friday)

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Apr 24, 2018
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adidas Yeezy 500 “Super Moon Yellow” Returns This June

Originally released last December as one part of a Yeezy bundle that cost well over 0, the adidas Yeezy 500 “Super Moon Yellow” is now set to make a singular retail debut this summer.

Widely recognized at the Yeezy 500’s original colorway, “Super Moon’s” will release in wider numbers this June after the “Blush” edition saw a similar rollout earlier this month. The latter saw numbers relatively large where Yeezy releases are concerned although it’s not yet clear just how available the “Super Moon Yellow” pairs will be. Yet when considering the Boost allowance, and this shoe has none, it would appear easier to produce in larger numbers.

As of now, it’s reported that the shoe will release on June 9, 2018. Retail pricing will be 0 USD. Adidas has not yet confirmed the release date. Stay tuned for more details.

adidas Yeezy 500 “Super Moon Yellow”

Colorway: Sumoye/Sumoye-Sumoye
Style #: DB2966
Price: 0

adidas Yeezy 500 "Super Moon Yellow"
adidas Yeezy 500 “Super Moon Yellow”
adidas Yeezy 500 "Super Moon Yellow"
adidas Yeezy 500 “Super Moon Yellow”

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