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As the world continues to voice the plight of Black people we are reminded that justice needs to be served for all communities. One organization needs to act right.
For many years Native Americans have felt slighted by the National Football League. The name of the Washington R-dskins team uses a very disrespectful and derogatory term thus Native American groups have tried to their best to get them to be change it but have been unsuccessful. Now the franchise is facing a different pressure. As spotted on The New York Times FedEx is now joining the push.
In 1999 the shipping conglomerate signed a $ 205 million dollar deal to acquire title sponsorship rights and naming rights to the stadium. On Thursday, July 2 FedEx served the team a notice requesting a prompt change. “We have communicated to the team in Washington our request that they change the team name,” they said in a formal statement.
Mayor Muriel Bowser of Washington is also seeking a change. In an interview with The Team 980 he detailed why it is necessary. “I think it’s past time for the team to deal with what offends so many people,” she explained. “This is a great franchise with a great history that’s beloved in Washington, and it deserves a name that reflects the affection that we’ve built for the team.”
The Washington NFL team released a statement saying the name is undergoing a “thorough review.” Let’s hope they do the right thing and shed the colonizer vibes—it is long overdue.
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It’s been more than a year since Mortal Kombat 11 was first released, and to give arguably the best fighting game of 2019 some new legs going into 2020 Aftermath has arrived.
Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath revigorates the fighting game by adding new stages, significant balance changes, Friendships for other characters, stage fatalities, and more.
The best part about all of that, you get to enjoy all of those enhancements for free99.
BUT if you want to play the three-hour expansion to MK11’s single-player story mode or issue fades with Sheeva, Fujin, and of course, RoboCop it’s going to cost you… $ 40 to be exact.
But is it worth it?
The campaign picks right up where it ended in Mortal Kombat 11 and takes us a time-heist to save to time itself but with another twist. While the story is very predictable, it is very enjoyable as it brings back all of the all the game characters minus the guests. Shang Tsung, who is played by actor Cary Hiroyuki Tagawa who not only steals souls in the game but also every damn scene he is in. Outside of that, it’s just enjoyable filler, but it’s quite interesting that Sonya Blade doesn’t have one single line outside of a grunt. I’m just gonna assume Ronda Rousey was too busy to record additional voiceover work.
Again, outside of some eyebrow-raising moments, helping the unlikely team of Shang Tsung, Nightwolf and Fujin go back in time and secure Kronika’s crown to restore time does manage to keep your attention for 3-hours.
The Aftermath expansion though, if we are keeping it a buck, is an expensive character pack. We all just wanted to get hands-on with the new characters Sheeva, Fujin, and RoboCop, and for the most part, they each offer unique playstyles for gamers to experience.
Fujin, the God of Wind and brother of Raiden, makes his return to the Mortal Kombat arena. He hasn’t been a playable character since Mortal Kombat: Armageddon 14 years ago.
Once selected, you will find that he is quick and the most unique character out the three. His ability to literally run on-air, fast attacks, and unusual special moves make Fujin a fun character to master.
Now sadly, the same can’t be said about RoboCop is the standout character out of the three. Once selected, outside of all of the neat touches like Peter Weller’s voice and likeness and the callbacks to the classic film, he’s a pretty dull character. His attacks don’t really impress, but if you like characters who are “zoners,” then RoboCop is your man. But then again, this is Mortal Kombat, why would you want to kill your enemies from a distance?
I was also pleasantly surprised with Sheeva, who is an absolute bruiser but is but can also cover ground quickly thanks to her trusty teleport stomp. Sheeva was last playable in Mortal Kombat 9 in 2011, and now she is back with a vengeance. Immediately you will notice that her combos are bone-crushing and when perfectly time with her grabs absolutely devastating. I can definitely see Sheeva being a new favorite among players going forward.
Honestly, while the story expansion is substantial and three new fighters, even with RoboCop, who is meh, they are a welcomed addition to the game. But at the price of $ 40, NetherRealm could have honestly just found a way to separate the two because the price tag is hefty for Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath. Not sure if NetherRealm thought they were offering fans a brand new game with Aftermath like, for example, Destiny 2’s massive Forsaken expansion. It sure doesn’t feel that way once you experienced everything.
Mortal Kombat 11: Aftermath is a solid expansion for the hardcore fans of the franchise, I understand if some folks might wince at the $ 40 price tag, which makes it a hard recommendation for everyone.
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Jay Electronica is a highly-gifted enigma of an artist, that much about him cannot be argued on any level. But more than that, he, like many other creatives, are hesitant to share their art due to critiques like the one to follow and his debut album, A Written Testimony, shows the promise of what should have been and perhaps what could come.
Because of the nature of social media and the thirst to be first, listeners have been divided by either praising the album or flat out calling it a failure after just three days since its Friday (March 13) release. Some observers feel that A Written Testimony isn’t a true debut as it prominently features Roc Nation honcho Jay-Z, who delivers scene-stealing performances on each of his appearances. It is our opinion that this fact should not cloud your experience.
After giving the project around two dozen spins in several environments, what cut through overall is that Jay Electronica has an undeniable presence, no doubt bolstered by the mystique that swirls around him. His baritone voice and sometimes imperfect diction force one to lean in and absorb his lyrics, peeling layers back after repeated listens. The mastery of words and the reverence he consistently pays to his Islamic faith is refreshing and necessary in an age where depravity rules.
It is nearly impossible to go into A Written Testimony without hauling in the hype that surrounded Electronica in 2009 with the release of his still-potent Just Blaze-produced single “Exhibit C,” which stands as perhaps the best display of his formidable gifts. And it should be said that Electronica’s pen is still razor-sharp across the 10 tracks that make up the debut but the heavy lifting wasn’t done alone and that can’t be glossed over.
The album opens with one of Electronica’s favored methods of using speeches and obscure music soundtracks to set the table. The self-produced “The Overwhelming Event” features the voice of the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam delivering a speech that ushers in the tone of the album and leads into the blistering “Ghost of Soulja Slim,” opening again with a speech from Farrakhan and then blends into Jay-Z’s verse.
At 50, Hov’s pen is sharp as ever and the looseness of the style he employs over Electronica’s murky sample will go down as one of the best performances of the year. But as unorthodox and slippery as Jay-Z was, Jay Electronica matches it with an equally dextrous display. The album then moves into “The Blinding” and is one of the few tracks not helmed by Electronica with G. Ry, AraabMUZIK, Hit-Boy and Swizz Beatz on the boards and Travis Scott on the hook.
Jay Elec’s vulnerability placed next to Hov’s confidence is notable, but one wonders if more outside production would have given way to more complete-sounding songs such as this one. The Alchemist provided one of his drumless loop-heavy offerings for “The Neverending Story,” and Elec and Hov again drop kingly bars in talking voice tones that melt into the production effortlessly.
This track, while lyrically precise, highlights a flaw that A Written Testimony is devoid of anything that can be played on big speakers. It isn’t known how he would tour this album because, largely, the album lacks the knock of “Exhibit C” and of course, it’s understood that lyrics should be the focus yet it feels as if there was a missed opportunity to attract the casual fan or the curious in favor of esotericism.
Another knock on the album is the inclusion of the previously-released “Shiny Suit Theory,” an amazing song featuring The-Dream that’s nearly as old as the aforementioned “Exhibit C” but should have been omitted or at least updated. Once again, the track lacks drums and sucks out the potential momentum of the project that does get a jolt from the excellent “Universal Soldier” which features vocals from James Blake. That good favor is undone with the messy “Flux Capacitor” which pays homage to New Orleans rapper Big Elt’s “Get The Gat” song and uses the format of the song for its hook.
Making no bones about it, Jay-Z outshines Jay Elec, who either wasn’t in tune with the beat or was going for an intentionally off-kilter style. Either way, it is completely jarring how out of place the track sounds in the context of the rest of the project. Courses are corrected with “Fruits Of The Spirit” with No I.D. on the production and Jay Elec delivering a performance that is among the best of his career, although the song is short in length.
To go back to what we said about the promise of the album, “Ezekiel’s Wheel” featuring Jay-Z on the hook and bridge along with The-Dream showcases what should have been the running theme of the album. Confidence and clarity are the aims of this record and while we learn nothing new in the decade and more that we’ve waited for him, Jay Elec is content with keeping himself shrouded from the outside world on his terms.
The project ends with the somber “A.P.I.D.T.A.” and was apparently recorded the same day the world was shaken by the news that Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and the other families lives were lost in the horrific crash that many are still processing. The heaviness of the mood is apparent in both Hov’s chorus and the weariness in Elec’s vocals. In many ways, it’s made sense to end the album on this note considering the pace never truly quickened much and whatever points that needed to be made were done to Elec’s specifications.
A Written Testimony isn’t perfect. At times, it feels like a miscalculated attempt for Jay Electronica to assert himself as one of the greats as he’s long been hailed. Yes, we’ve finally got a project, and it isn’t Act II: Patents Of Nobility but it’s something we can collectively hold on to. As with Act I: The Pledge, which opens with Just Blaze and Erykah Badu both praising Elec’s genius and also mentioning his reluctance to step into the spotlight, he is still contending with the expectations of being a grandmaster of his field. If nothing else, Jay Elec should know Hip-Hop needed him back and this feels like an appetizer with all due respect.
With the doubts put to rest that he can put out music and still hold his own in the booth, may we all be so lucky to hear more of Jay Electronica’s greatness sooner than later.
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Typically, it’s awards season’s loudest red carpet. But Sunday night’s Grammys fashion was unusually quiet — and covered up.
Without Beyonce, Rihanna, Taylor Swift or Ariana Grande, who ditched the awards show after creative differences with producers (but wore her Zac Posen gown on Instagram anyway), the diva quotient was down, with only Cardi B’s meme-generating vintage 1995 Thierry Mugler Venus on the half shell look, and Janelle Monae’s sharp-shouldered Jean Paul Gaultier couture minidress to get armchair critics going.
Even Lady Gaga, who famously arrived at the 2011 Grammys in an Armani egg pod, played it relatively safe (she’s a movie star now, after all), wearing a silver, side-ruffle gown by Hedi Slimane for Celine (a no-brainer given that she attended his first women’s ready-to-wear show in October).
Long gone were the nearly nude looks of years past; instead of baring her naval in daring green Versace circa 2000, Jennifer Lopez went with a modest, crystal-embellished mint green Ralph and Russo column gown, and covered her face with a wide-brim hat; Miley Cyrus worked an oversized circa 2019 Mugler suit with a side of cleavage, and H.E.R. was outfitted in a custom Coach purple jacquard jumpsuit.
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The Danner X Huckberry Vertigo 917 Goldrush is the first collab between the San Francisco retailer and Portland’s legendary bootmaker, and it’s only available at Huckberry. The Vertigo 917 has a sneaker-like soft outsole and supple full-grain leather upper, and it’s 100 percent waterproof. This means it’s not just comfortable but functional, both on the pavement and in the dirt. Basically, it’s a sneaker-boot.
Huckberry put its own spin on the Vertigo 917 by giving it a brand-new golden colorway, a Vibram gum sole, suede heel, and exclusive Huckberry branding on the tongue. The Gore-Tex lining makes it waterproof while allowing your feet to breathe. It has a pliable, three-layer removable Ortholite footbed, and the rubberized midsole is softer and far more durable than traditional EVA. The exclusive gummed Vibram outsole is made of XS Trek rubber for durability and traction. And a modernized version of Danner’s trademark stitchdown construction has cupsole technology that allows the Goldrush to have a wider platform while eliminating the sidewall. The nylon, Chukka-like stretchy nylon shank adds even more flexibility and comfort.
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We also found that they fit better than other Danners we’ve worn. In the past, Danners have always been tight in the toe and almost too firm in the sole for extensive urban trekking; not so with the Vertigo 917 Goldrush. The last is based on the original Vertigo footbed, but is wider and more forgiving, as the supple leather sidewalls and flexible construction don’t give our feet the squeeze. (Note: We’ve been accused of having hobbit feet and these boots don’t come in Wide widths, so we ordered a half-size up. The fit is ideal: snug but not too tight.) Furthermore, the gum sole allows for traction and flexibility that’s key to hiking the urban jungle.
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This Polar Vortex is nothing to mess with. Now is the time of year when when winter’s claws begin to sink deep below the skin, gripping our bones with the kind of chill we won’t be able to shake till April. Thankfully, advances in heated clothing technology have made it easier to get the gear we need to fight that chill. The Gobi Heat Nomad 5 Zone jacket sounds exactly like the right kind of weapon.
Formerly known as Dragon Heatwear, Gobi Heat is a Utah-based heated apparel company with products that include heated jackets, hoodies, pants, gloves, and socks. With 18 different heated apparel products, Gobi is quickly becoming a leader in the heated apparel industry.
The hooded Nomad is a comfortable puffer made of wind- and water-resistant polyester and a filled with cruelty-free filling. Light and packable, it has five heat zones fired by carbon-fiber heating elements: one on each upper breast, one on each side of the belly, and a large one in the back. The two outer zip pockets are ideally placed over the lower heating elements, so your hands get some love, too. This time of year, that’s a godsend.
The one-touch controller has three heat settings: Low, Medium, and High, giving you full control over your body temperature. And the bright, easy-to-spot LED indicator makes it a cinch to know exactly where you’re at. The ultra-slim 6700 mAh/7.4 volt battery pack is about the size of a smart phone and slides into an inner pocket gives up to 10 hours of battery life without the additional bulk of other heated apparel batteries we’ve seen.
For now, the Nomad comes only in Onyx, er, black. But it’s available in sizes from Small to XXL, which is great. It’s got YKK zippers and is machine washable. The only caveat is that it fits snug and runs a bit small overall, so “big and tall” guys may want to size up. But at least you won’t need to throw a bunch of layers under it before you head out.
Seeing so many all-white fashion looks on the Critic’s Choice Awards blue carpet Sunday night, you might have thought Hollywood was making another political statement, following last year’s all-black fashion action at the Golden Globes to protest gender inequality.
But the trend is just a trend, at least according to Allison Janney. “We’re all just feeling it,” she said, looking a bit like a superhero in a white Alberta Ferretti cape and pants look, piled high with Neil Lane diamonds.
“Perhaps it is a subconscious message of hope. Brighter times ahead,” added her stylist Tara Swennen.
Or perhaps Hollywood stars, like so many others this January, are obsessed with organization guru Marie Kondo’s new Netflix show, “Tidying Up!” Whatever the reason, the fashion news of the night was a clean sweep. Emily Blunt seemed to get the memo, wearing a crystal-embroidered white silk Prada gown that her stylist Jessica Paster described as “fresh and simple.” Constance Wu romanced in Rodarte, and Lady Gaga in billowy blush Calvin Klein (though sadly, without hair colored to match this time).
Women wore the pants—a lot, with Julia Roberts choosing a deconstructed tuxedo by Nicolas Ghesquiere for Louis Vuitton and Claire Foy projecting power in a navy blue asymmetrical
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