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Pharrell Williams Links Up With BMX Nigel Sylvester and Joey Bada$$ for G-Star's '#NewYorkRaw'

Posted On: June 03, 2016

Taking over the Big Apple, Pharrell Williams is accompanied by BMX pro, Nigel Sylvester and Joey Bada$$ to launch the opening of G-Star on Fifth Avenue. Going on an adventure in BMX bikes, the three musketeers hit the pavements of NYC and travel from Williamsburg to SoHo, enroute to the new G-Star store of 5th ave. While on their journey, Pharrell gives a detailed acoount about the trip, being one with the road, environment and the experience of the ride. 

Th visuals depict Pharrell, Nigel and Joey along with their bike entourage, doing BMX stunts, enjoying their day in the city, having fun; and living life. While fans waited, upon arrival, Pharrell, Slyvester and Joey Bada$$ greet them, take pictures and open the door to the new G-Star spot.

Check it out below. 

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Sibongile Sambo Opens Africa's First Woman Aviation Company

Posted On: March 06, 2016

After being denied a flight attendant job because of her height, Sibongile Sambo took matter into her hands and decided to open her own business. Sibongile Sambo did more than become an enttreprenuer, she set the standard and made history by opening Africa's first woman (female) avaition company. 

For Sibongile, it's more than running or managing a business, it's a passion for her to get more women into aviation and to become female pilots. As the founder and CEO of SRS Aviation, an all female aviation company, Sambo is able to provide a resource and outlet to nuture her passion. It was not easy breaking into the male dominated industry, Sibongile Sambo had to learn the language of aviation and find the right investments to fund her vision. 

After being commisisioned for her first flight back in 2004 for the South African government, Sambo has grown and expanded her SRS Aviation company by providing luxury and tourist flights across the globe, personal helicopters and more. 

"It could be a tourist charter for $1,000 or could be a head of state traveling on a VIP aircraft to the United States, which could be about $200,000."

With learning, Sibongile Sambo not only grew her business but also grew in skills and knowledge about avaition. She was able to assist and help three women obtain their private pilot licenses and are now employed full time. Her company, SRS Avaition has an Air Operating Certificate from the South African Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) that allows Sibongile to operate commercial flying activities and conduct piloting classes. 

SRS Avaition managed to link and has a partnership with MCC Aviation, one of the leading and prominent avaition businesses in South Africa. The deal provides accessible fleet of aircraft, operational and technical support. 

Last year in 2015, Ethiopia Airlines ran and dispatched its first all women crew flight and Siza Mzimela became the first Black woman to open a commercial airline. Sibongile Sambo is optimistic that more women will continue to go into avaitation and airline businesses, become founders and even investors in them. She also expressed, a rise in more women pilots and flight crews. 

"What I’m proud of about our company is that we have managed to penetrate the male dominated industry," Sambo revealed. "Aviation is growing in Africa. We are going to grow with the growth in Africa."

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Sail Away This Summer in a Gabriele Teruzzi's Superyacht

Posted On: June 03, 2016

Just imagine the sun kissing you and flirting as the rays entice your body. The sounds of Mother Nature, the whispers in the soft winds and laying on a superyacht enjoying your summer.

Paradise, a place where no stress exist.

Introducing the designer that puts super in yachts, Gabriele Teruzzi who has taken the blueprint, layouts and the concept of architecture to several levels of creativity. His newest superyacth is called the Shaddai, it is one of nobilty and honor. The Shaddai is engineered with a sleek, futuristic composition that looks more like a spaceship, instead of a yacht.

Equipped with 3 different pool areas, a dining room, a lounge room, a built in living room that is centered in the yacht, with a complete bar, foot terrace and; wraps around in square feet of 1,130. There's also standing flowing water, an aquarium and all the amenities you need. 

For more information, click on the following link:

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Men Only Nail Bar 'Hammer & Nails' In California Will Be Franchising Nationwide

Posted On: January 08, 2016

Michael Elliot is a former screenwriter who inked classic movies such as: Brown Sugar and Just Wright, in 2013 Elliot had another calling and became a businessman in the nail industry.

It all started when Michael Elliot went into a nail salon to get a pedicure and the experience was uncomfortable due to the salon of course, being filled with women and Elliot stating he felt out of place. So, he decided to open a nail only men bar to offer services such as: pedicure, manicure and etc., in an environment men would be comfortable at and resonate to. Elliot founded the first and perhaps in the world, men nail bar called "Hammer & Nails."

In an exclusive interview with NBC News, Michael Elliot spoke about his vision for the nail bar, the kind of items and materials he used to design it and the services Hammer & Nails offers.

"It started with a 17-foot 'auto' sign that I found in a vintage store. I looked at it and said, "I need to create a place where this sign feels at home." With that, I began to create my vision. All of our nail techs are females. There are no manicure tables and no spa chairs. The lighting is low, there's soft music playing, extra wide leather chairs and you've got your own personal TV and your own personal remote control and Beats by Dre headphones [to put on]."

Hammer & Nails sounds like a place men can watch football or a basketball game, while their feet are being rubbed and catered to. (Treat yourself!)

As the interview proceeded, Elliot elaborated about the importance of men taking care of themselves, nail health and rountine pedicures.

"Many guys, quite frankly, are embarrassed by their feet. Most men were never taught to take care of their feet; it's just a part of the body that they don't pay attention to. So they don't understand things like fungus or how to prevent ingrown toenails."

Due to the success of Hammer & Nails and high demands of nail bars for men, Michael Elliot will be expanding his business and franchising nationwide, as well as across borders into other countries.

"It's all about growing the brand. We're taking applications for franchise opportunities now. So far we've had interest from all over the country and the globe, really: San Antonio, Chicago, Miami, New York City and Atlanta. We've even had interest from as far away as India, Austria, Berlin, Mexico and Uruguay."

With the expanse of Hammer & Nails, Elliot is looking forward to providing a haven for men to get pampered and maintain a healthy regimen of self care.

"Our goal is to award five (licenses) in the first year. We're really optimistic that the new locations will be a success, because once they open up [they're] going to be the 'go-to' place in that city. Let's face it, as a guy do you want to go to the corner [nail] spot or the man-cave nirvana? You're going to pick Hammer & Nails."

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Video Source: NBC News

 

 

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New Music Video: Leon Bridges - 'If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be)'

Posted On: September 28, 2018

In his latest music video for 'If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be),' Leon Bridges takes viewers into the streets of Paris.

The visuals maintain the tempo of the song, depicting Leon Bridges in series of choreographed dance routines. Walking along the pavements of Paris, Leon meets and picks ups dancers along the way. If It Feels Good (Then It Must Be) is an funky, upbeat song with groovy undertones. The instrumentals will surely get you up on your feet as its tunes move through you, energizing you to get your dance on.

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The lyrics will have you singing along or at least, humming to it.

"You give me that stuff/ and it’s such a blessing./ You and I in the light, / alone in this heaven," sings Bridges.

Directed by Hugo Jouxtel, the video can be viewed below.

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Africa Opens Its First Ever Solar Powered Airport

Posted On: March 05, 2016

Africa launched its first ever solar powered airport. Previously, India opened the world's first solar powered airport back in 2015 and innovated the production and manufacting of energy.

Within six months, the completion of Africa's solar powered airport was constructed and had a budget of $9.5 million dollars of financing. The project involved and was spearheaded by: Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), the Minister of Transport - Dipuo Peters and the Department of Transport that officially opened the George Airport Solar Plant.

The 200 square solar power plant is operated and functions utilizing the installation of photo-voltaic panels, which harnesses energy directly from the sun to generate electricity. The Chairman of the Airports Company South Africa Board, Skhumbuzo Macozoma expressed during the opening ceremony of the airport that the photovoltaic (PV) technology is a safer and cleaner way of converting electricity from solar radiation. 

"Harnessing solar power is a viable cleaner energy source which contributes towards diversifying the energy mix. This plant will ensure that the airport is self-sustaining in terms of its power needs and will eventually extend to the broader community within the George municipality."

Skhumbuzo Macozoma's vision is to transform all of Africa's airport with this new groundbreaking technology and implement a more natural way of producing energy that is resource efficient.

"As an airports management company running nine airports nationally, part of our strategic objective is to minimise our environmental impact. There are a number of key drivers Airports Company South Africa needs to manage to reach this objective and these include reducing energy consumption, water consumption, percentage of waste recycled, noise levels and energy efficient materials usage, amongst others."

The George Airport Solar Plant is built to conserve the electricity and energy it harnesses from the sun, therefor will be able to operate all night. 

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Travel in Style this Summer with Arlo Skye's Rose Gold Luggage

Posted On: June 11, 2018

Summer is here, well not officially but traveling season is. Imagine yourself surrounded by palm trees, cool breeze, picking up seashells; and listening to the whispers of the ocean. Feels like paradise, don't it? Well, before you get there to the actual destination of your summer getaway, you need some luggage to travel with.

Arlo Skye released a brand new rose gold luggage set, to travel in style with.

The rose gold luggage set is detailed in pink metallic hue, accentuated with silver highlights and quiet Run Lisof wheels for serene travel. The luggage set was created for the working traveler and features charging docks for MacBooks and a USB C port.

Assembled with enough space to pack all you need, the Arlo Skye rose gold luggage set comes equipped with: two shoe bags, a laundry bag, portable charge; and leather name tag to accommodate all your traveling necessities.

The luggage set is sold separately and available for viewing and purchase at Arlo Skye.com


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Around The World: Mexico's Luxurious Barbershop With Gold Reflective Ceiling

Posted On: June 10, 2016

When planning your summer vacation or places you want to visit this year, Mexico is great place to add to your list. Mainly because of a prodigious barbershop that is the mecca of all barbershops. 

The barbershop is called Barberia Royal and located in Mexico City. It was designed by ROW Studio that has a porfolio of out of this world designs of blueprints they transpired into reality. Barberia's main element of construction was recycling materials from their previous barbershop, to renovate and remodel. The most impressive detail about the barbershop is the golden reflective ceiling, which patrons/consumers are able to look at themselves from every angle during their haircut. 

While customers are waiting to get a hiarcut, Barberia has a fully loaded bar for them to unwind, mingle with other customers and sip on Mexico's finest tequila. The bar stools are structured in leather to make seating comfortable and there's leather sofas as well to relax in. 

Barberia's barber chairs are from 1950's and refurnished in mustard leather detailing and large mirrors decorate the walls of every chair. The barbershop is also sort of like a mini animal museum.There's different designs of light fixtures throughout Barberia that brightens the shop. 

Check out more pics below. 

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Article Reference: Design Boom

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African-American Museums Across The Nation

Posted On: November 09, 2015

For all those seeking to learn more about the "real" history of African-Americans "before" slavery, aspects in different cultures, languages, spirituality (Africans believed in being one with God, being Godlike and being gods themselves but that's another article) and etc., there are museums that cater in providing accurate historical facts about African- Americans.

The museums feature subjects in difference of culture, artifacts, African-American soldiers who served in WWI and WWII, innovations and inventions African-Americans contributed to the world before, during and after slavery, monuments and certain historical landmarks designed and built by African-Americans, breakthrough in science and medicine, innovations in culture, food industries, hair products and more.

Listing a few museums and starting with the: DuSable Museum of African American History

The museum is located in Chicago, Illinois and required $10 fee is needed for entry. The DuSable Museum caters to the community with providing after school program and getting the youth to partake in certain history segments they offer.

The second museum is the: The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History 

Located in Detroit, Michigan, this museum is documented as the largest in the world for African-American history, due to its wide range of displays, tours, exhibits and unique shows, programs and events pertaining to African history. Admission into the museum range from $8 to $5 for children, adults and senoir citizens.

The third museum is the California African American Museum.

It's located in Los Angeles, California. This museum is known for its rare artifacts, paintings, sculptures and arts in African-American history. It has a several exhibitions on African and African-American cultures, arts, languages and etc. The museums also features tours and exhibitions highlighting African-Americans in films and movies, their contributions and innovations. Admission to the museum is free, however you have to pay for parking.

 

 

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President Obama Will Make History as The First President to Visit Cuba After 80 Years

Posted On: February 20, 2016

President Barack Obama is set to make history as the first president to travel and visit Cuba after 80 years of political sanctions. Obama recently approved for the first tractor factory to be built in Cuba earlier this week. 

Referencing published reports from ABC News, President Obama will meet with Cuban officials and tour the country. The president went on Twitter to announce and tweet about his expedition to Cuba, the goal and purpose of it. 

He also added the govermental divergent between Cuba and America, as well as his stance on human rights. 

POTUS continued with the Twitter thread to express himself in 140 characters, about re-opening the doors for Americans to travel to Cuba and the US' flag posted at the Embassy in Havana. He tweeted about the progress relations made with Cuba and its continued effort. 

Ben Rhodes who is the Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting and also, the President's Assistant, published a thesis about why Obama's visit to Cuba is symbolic and; the embargo lift in Cuba and America's market for business, trade and etc. He wrote about the improvement it will make in the lives of Cubans and the freedom it gives Americans to live or relocate to Cuba to manufacture their businesses. 

"Openings for American companies also hold the potential of improving the lives of ordinary Cubans — for instance, American companies will be enabling travelers to stay in Cuban homes and setting up a factory that will provide equipment for farmers."

Rhodes in his own words explained the success of Cuban restaurant owners due to the increase travel and tourism to Cuba. 

"Cuba’s nascent private sector:  from restaurant owners to shopkeepers — has benefited from increased travel from the American people."

President Barack Obama's historical trip to Cuba is scheduled for next month. 

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An Entrepreneur From Philadelphia Opens First Woman Owned Comic Shop, Centered Around Diversity

Posted On: January 04, 2016

An aspiring entrepreneur from Philadelphia opened the first woman owned comic shop, which is centered to raise awareness and diversify the culture of comics. Ariell R. Johnson revealed in an interview how the idea for the shop took twelve years for her to bring into reality, while she was a student at Temple University. Fast forward to 2016, with the right education, knowledge and resources, Johnson finally did the "if you build it, they will come" and officially opened Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse for business.

Amalgam Comics is a mellow coffee shop where people can come in have a latte and read their favorite comic books. The establishment will also hold certain comic inspired events, workshop, book signing, TV/movie screenings and more. During her interview with Philly.com, Ariell R. Johnson expressed the kind of comic books that would be available to the public, the diversity of them, classic characters, different cultures and etc.

"We will be a legit store, so expect to see the heavy hitters that we all know and love," Johnson stated.
"But in addition to those usual suspects, we want to showcase diverse comics, creators, and characters. We think that comics are for everyone and anyone that loves comics-women, people of color, and the LGBTQ community. We will actively look to stock titles that showcase people in these groups, right long with Superman, Batman, Captain America, and Thor."

Johnson concluded the interview stating how her employees share the same vision as her, the comic characters that she loves and the work Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse will put in to adhere their quality of service and the public's needs.

"We will definitely make extra effort to promote works by and about members of underrepresented groups, but I also have love for the comic book mainstays like Captain America and Batman. I just want to help make people aware of everything that is out there and hopefully get people to expand their horizons."

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