Set Free Richardson‘s Compound Gallery in the South Bronx is celebrating the National Basketball Players Association’s fourth annual Voice Awards in its latest exhibition.
NBA players are the only people who can vote in the Voice Awards and cast their bids based on a multitude of factors such as MVP and Most Respected Awards to the Freshest, Best Side Hustle, and People’s Champ Awards. The players highlighted in artworks — and celebrated for their awards — include LeBron James, Kevin Durant, PJ Tucker, Rudy Gobert, Gordon Hayward and more.
Compound Gallery will be showcasing all of the NBPA’s Voice Awards at its South Bronx outpost for two weeks. It will consist of digital and oil paintings, 3D works and the trophies awarded to the aforementioned players. Set Free Richardson opened the gallery back in July 2018 and has since displayed works by underrepresented artists in search of the next big icon in the art world.
The gallery will showcase unique pieces by 11 artists who were enlisted by the NBPA to design the awards. Each artist chose a specific medium and approach to evoke their winning player and their achievements. Compound Gallery will show pieces from Ron English, Naturel, BK The Artist, Free Hand Profit, King Saladeen, Dragon76, Bahar Bambi, Andre Trenier, Christophe Roberts, Devon Rodriguez, and the Vera Twins. Together, the artists channel the NBPA’s message to represent and celebrate the collective Players’ voice.
Take a look at the exhibition above and see it for yourself during its two-week-long showcase from August 22.
In other news, photographer Amir Zaki has analyzed California’s skateparks in his latest series.
National Basketball Player’s Association Voice Awards Artworks
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Lori Loughlin and Mossimo Giannulli are about to fight their indictments in the college admissions scandal case in court. And according to People, Loughlin has some regrets and understands this crime—which its source wants you to understand that Loughlin did not think was a crime—has done irreparable damage to her reputation.
The source described Loughlin as remorseful. “She’s embarrassed and hurt, and she knows that her reputation has been ruined for life,” the source explained. “But she also believes the allegations against her aren’t true.”
Loughlin is accused of paying $500,000 with her husband to make their daughters Olivia Jade and Bella appear as rowing team recruits to guarantee their admission to the University of Southern California. The girls’ admission status is being reviewed by the university, and neither Bella nor Olivia Jade have been attending USC classes since the scandal broke in March.
Loughlin doesn’t get why her paying money to make her daughters falsely look like athletic team recruits is any more illegal than someone donating lots of money to have a building named after them to get their kids into the school. (Large donations may be controversial ethically, but they will not get you an indictment for money laundering or conspiring to commit fraud like Loughlin’s move did.)
“She honestly didn’t think what she was doing was any different than donating money for a library or athletic field,” the source said. “That’s the crux of why she pleaded not guilty.”
Loughlin and her husband are set to appear in court on August 27. According to People‘s source, Loughlin would rather be in jail and just get it done with because these past couple months have been their own kind of hell.
“Lori is ready for this to be over,” the source said. “They all are. At this point, it would be better to spend a few months in jail—because she’s been spending the last several months in her own prison.”
Following Roc Nation’s NFL partnership announcement last week, a rumor began to circulate that JAY-Z was gearing up to become a part-owner of an NFL team. He’s not. According to CBS Sports, “there are no plans in place for the rap legend to become an NFL owner.”
The controversial rumor broke earlier this week and sent internet into a frenzy amid an atmosphere already charged over the deal. The rumor ultimately wove into the controversy over Colin Kaepernick‘s dismissal from the league, with celebrities and fans alike stating that JAY-Z’s apparent “entertainment and social justice partnership” undermined previous “take a knee” protests against racial inequality and police brutality.
Now the NFL is dispelling these false claims. CBS’ reports states that various sources “directly tied to the deal” have been “scurrying to try to figure out who put the flawed info out there.” “Those kinds of deals don’t exist in the NFL,” one source explains, “There is no ownership component to this arrangement.”
Russell Westbrook and LeBron James aren’t the only ones stepping out in trendsetting game-day drip. WNBA players like Tamera “Ty” Young and Lexie Brown are also making fierce sartorial selections and it’s high time we recognize them. Thanks to fashion blogs like WSLAM, WNBA Kicks, and LeagueFits, professional female ballers are finally starting to get the coverage they deserve (whether they’re getting the salaries they deserve is a whole ‘nother question) and some are even tapping professionals to curate their game-day looks, which range from skintight bodycons and sparkly heels to chic, androgynous pantsuits paired with colorful kicks.
Below, four WNBA superstars on their signature pre-game swag.
I wear whatever I feel to be fly and comfortable. Never putting myself in a box.
Tamera “Ty” Young, a 32-year-old forward for the Las Vegas Aces, describes her style as ever-evolving, an aesthetic that can’t be put “in a box.” Unless, of course, that box contains some new kicks. The self-admitted sneakerhead owns over 59 pairs in a wide-range of colors and styles, including Air Jordans, Pippens, Pennys, and LeBrons. She’s as comfortable in high end designers as she is in MJ’s, recently pairing a matching Okami shirt and short ensemble with red and silver Adidas by Raf Simons sneakers ahead of a game. In celebration of Pride (she’s dating Mimi Faust of Love Hip Hop: Atlanta), Young slipped on a “Love Is Uninterrupted” hoodie designed by Megan Rapinoe and Sue Bird and a TY1 Gear cap, captioning a snap of the #OOTD, “ʟøṽε ʝ﹩ ʟøṽε.”
My personal style is, first of all, to be comfortable.
When a group of men began trash talking the quality of women’s basketball on Twitter, Lexie Brown of the Minnesota Lynx challenged a male NCAA player to a game of one-on-one to put the issue to bed. Unsurprisingly, the 24-year-old guard schooled him 7-6. But the ability to shut down ignorance with a spin move is just one of the things we love about Brown. We also admire her ability to wear heels anytime day or night, which she likes to pair with tank tops and billowy green cargo pants or boyfriend jeans. “I recently bought a bunch of heels over the last couple of weeks, because I knew I’d be able to wear them,” she tells ELLE.com. “I like to walk in, be cute, and show my personal style, which is never really over the top and simple.”
Never really serious, but when I am, I mean business
Described as “humble and hungry” by ESPN, 28-year-old Erica Wheeler of the Indiana Fever is a spitfire on the court, famous for her unrelenting athleticism and full-court press. From Liberty City, Florida, the guard’s androgynous game day outfits are a subtle nod to her roots. One of her favorite brands is Miami-based casual-wear company Don’t Settle, Be Great, which puts motivational quotes on t-shirts and sweatpants. In the picture above, she’s wearing their “1 Out of 144″ shirt, a reference to the number of players in the WNBA. “I am one of 144 in one of the best women’s leagues in the world. Respect me!” Wheeler tells ELLE.com. “Doesn’t matter how I got here, but I am here.”
My style shows a lot about where I’m from
In 2015, Minnesota Lynx forward Seimone Augustus revealed in a personal essay in The Players’ Tribune that she came out to her parents during her junior year of high school (two years, by the way, after landing the coveted Sports Illustrated cover). Her hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, she explains in the Tribune essay, is “a wonderful place, but also one… that doesn’t always translate to open minds.” Now 35, the 6-foot-tall, five-time All-Star looks back fondly on growing up in the South, and that pride reflects in her clothing. She even wears her old high school jersey on game days. “Being from the South, we like to be matchy-matchy, so people have to be matching from head to toe,” she tells ELLE.com. “This year I just thought it’d be cool if I celebrated myself and come out with my old jerseys a little bit… [and] celebrate myself.”
Amber always dresses to impress. Her style is impeccable! I’ve been especially inspired by her summer looks. As a hardworking mama, she picks out looks that are sleek yet comfortable. Pairing her outfits with casual white sneakers. Check out her latest looks below!
The Ultimate Sneakers You Can Wear Anytime
Adding a comfortable pair of sneakers to your favorite look gives your outfit a casual appeal while staying comfortable. Comfort is BIG when your a mom running after three kids. That’s why I wanted to share some cute sneakers that you can wear with almost any outfit. Check out these ultimate sneakers below!
adidas Originals White SC Premiere Sneakers, SHOP.COM, $120.00
Keds Triple Up White Sneakers, SHOP.COM, $70.00
adidas Originals White Falcon Sneakers, SHOP.COM, $100.00
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There’s no shortage of people ready to dispense dating advice. Most of them talk about how great they are at seducing and picking up women. Well, I’m the opposite; I sucked at it.
Back when I was dating, I was also drinking, so I’d typically cock block myself. Some of the dates worked out great. Some were a disaster. And others, I have no idea.
As a result, I’ve been on many first dates. So while I can’t tell you how to get girls or give relationship advice, I can offer infinite wisdom on vetting and mastering the first date:
Take her some place nice, but not so fancy that her menu doesn’t have prices on it. She should know.
If it’s a French restaurant, look up the menu online beforehand and practice pronouncing the names of the dishes. Play it cool.
Japanese is also a good option. Saké is like a legal roofie* and if she’s good with chopsticks, you’ll know she wasn’t raised in a barn.
Skip the movies; it’s a waste of two hours. Besides, you’ve got unlimited movies back at your place.
If it’s a blind date, arrange to meet at a crowded bar, and ask her what she’s wearing. That way, you can check her out before committing.
If her Instagram profile says “For booking information,” you’re definitely getting laid, maybe even in the bathroom.
If LinkedIn says that she viewed your profile, you’re probably not getting laid, unless of course, your résumé looks like mine.
If it’s a week day, make time to shower and change so she knows you are in control of your own work schedule. And that you’re clean and fresh.
Keep it simple and dress down. She’s met too many guys in a “going out” shirt. I’d go with this or this.
No chinos and no fleece vests.
If she has a cracked iPhone screen and a Michael Kors bag, don’t give her your real name, but definitely plan on getting laid.
If she’s Italian and you’re looking for something long term, check out her ankles and then ask to see a picture of her mother.
Be overly nice to the waitstaff. Or better yet, take her to a place where they know you.
If she’s drinking light beer, switch to Bud Light Platinum. It’s got 2% more alcohol, which could factor in later.
Make a point of not looking at your phone. Keep filling her up with booze and you can check it when she’s in the bathroom.
If it’s a group setting and you’re not into her, stick with it. Your performance is being monitored, so use the stage to line up future prospects.
And if she has hot friends, don’t set them up with your buddies. Save them as a backup (See above).
It’s not going to kill you to pretend to be a democrat for a few hours.
But, if she mentions Russia, toxic masculinity, or white privilege, order a really nice bottle of wine. Drink most of it, politely excuse yourself for the bathroom, and then get the fuck out of there. She already hates men anyway.
If you think you might want a second date and really want to get to know her, just ask about her first pet or favorite teacher. Then read all of her emails later.
* Shut up about consent. Satire is an IQ test
John LeFevre is the creator of @GSElevator on Twitter, and the author of the New York Times bestseller, Straight To Hell: True Tales of Deviance, Debauchery, And Billion-Dollar Deals.
No hace falta ser un as en el mundo del maquillaje para imaginarse cómo estaríamos con un eyeliner estrambótico al más puro estilo Jules Vaughn. La serie de HBO “Euphoria” ha creado mucho furor, y pese a que hace unas semanas que acabó con su primera temporada, sus estilismos así como el maquillaje de sus protagonistas sigue causando sensación. Tanto es así es que ahora encontramos unos filtros en IG Stories que nos maquilla con las mismas propuestas vistas en la mirada de Jules durante los ocho capítulos.
Eyeliner en forma de nube, formas geométricas en color neón, sombras de ojos bicolor en tonos extremados, exceso de purpurina… No hace falta ponerse manos a la obra para saber cómo estaríamos con un maquillaje como el de las chicas de Euphoria, ahora Instagram Stories nos lo demuestra con tan solo un click.
La maquilladora Doniella Davy ha causado sensación con sus extremadas propuestas (Foto: Instagram @doni.davy)
Creado por el brasileño Igor Saringer, un total de diez propuestas han revolucionado las RRSS. Con más de un millón de seguidores, este diseñador también dispone de otros filtros como un sinfín de propuestas de orejas de Mickey Mouse o un rostro repleto de estrellas.
Para poder poner a prueba tan solo hay que seguir a @igorsaringer o guardar sus propuestas a nuestra cuenta.
There have been new videos of Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez killing it in the gym lately, and it turns out that it’s not just major fitness inspo for us all.
A Rod Corp just announced a partnership with Fitplan so that A. Rod (and J. Lo) can act as your own personal fitness trainers, thanks to their app.
Earlier in the year, the couple gave us a major fitness and food challenge, so this is a natural extension of their work.
We already know that Alex Rodriguez and Jennifer Lopez exercise together (usually in their own branded clothing, because why not). They are enormous couple fitness goals, and they’re often posting videos of their intense joint workouts. Last night, they took it to the next level: A. Rod (through his corporation) announced a partnership he and Jennifer Lopez were doing with Fitplan, an app that provides videos, nutrition, and community working with particularly well-known trainers and fitness experts. They offer customizable fitness plans, including (apparently) the ability to get incredibly toned with your partner as you work out effortlessly together just like A. Rod and J. Lo.
Fitplan didn’t provide an exact date, but they did say they’d drop the plan soon. They first teased the collab in late June, with J. Lo explaining why she works out before she performs and yelling at A. Rod as he exercises (lol):
Only J. Lo could make tight white exercise gear look hot, sigh. She’s been honest about workout struggles in the past, saying, “I want comfort, you know what I mean?…But that’s like the devil; it’s like the little demons coming to get you. You have to feed yourself better, you know. But after a show I just want a cookie, I want a cupcake, I feel like I’ve just danced for 2 hours so I want something. But I can’t.” SAME, J. Lo.
And here’s the video from A. Rod Corp with the news of the official partnership, with the couple cuddling in between intense weightlifting (I think I see J. Lo helping one of their kids with her hair, which is a cute little cameo):
Ugh, am I going to have to get in shape now? I might.
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