Barack Obama Chooses Culture Artist Kehinde Wiley To Paint His Presidential Portrait

While Donald Trump continues to go out of his way to destroy Barack Obama‘s legacy, the 44th President of The United States is choosing to have his likeness immortalized on a canvas by none other than Kehinde Wiley.

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has announced that Kehinde Wiley has been tapped to paint the official presidential portrait of the last real President the country has known.

Kehinde Wiley is known for his large-scale portraits of young Black men wearing the latest in Hip-Hop attire. Some of his more notable work includes portraits of The Notorious B.I.G., Michael Jackson, LL Cool J and other music legends.

For the portrait of Michelle Obama, Amy Sherald has been tapped to capture the grace of the former First Lady.

Needless to say, we can’t wait to lay eyes on the final product.

Don’t be surprised if Donald Trump taps Bob Ross to do his presidential portrait when his time comes.*

[*We know.]

Thank you Mr. President.

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Former Google Execs Hope To Replace Bodegas With An App, The Culture Ain’t Havin’ It

Just when it seemed like gentrification and technology couldn’t take anything else from the culture, Fast Company is reporting that two former Google executives are looking to replace our beloved neighborhood bodegas with 5-foot-wide pantry boxes laced with non-perishable items in building lobbies, offices, and gyms.

What are they calling this new witchcraft? Bodega! The nerve of some people.

Photo: Courtesy of Bodega

And by some people, we mean Bodega creators Paul McDonald and his Bodega co-founder Ashwath Rajan (did they even grow up in a barrio?).

Bodega is an app controlled pantry box which will be stationed at locations around the west coast beginning today (September 13) with computer powered cameras to keep track of what you pick up and automatically charge your credit card.

The culture vulture duo don’t just plan on stopping with the current 50 locations they’ve already set up,though. According to McDonald, “Eventually, centralized shopping locations won’t be necessary, because there will be 100,000 Bodegas spread out, with one always 100 feet away from you.”

While we’re sure some of the more high maintenance of customers will love the new app, the ground troops who grew up on 25¢ juices and chopped cheese sandwiches have already taken to social media to voice their displeasure at the notion of bodegas being obsolete.

Well, at least McDonald and Rajan decided to make the Bodega logo a cat, right? Nah.

We don’t know how well the trial run has gone over in the Bay Area where some 30 Bodegas have been posted up at various locations, but while the product stocked is based on the 100 most used items in each community you can bet it’s not going to live up to the magic of our favorite bodegas.

Whether it’s loose cigarettes, 50¢ styrofoam cups filled with ice or that backroom where heads get together to play some pool or watch the fight, “Bodega” just won’t be able to replace, well, bodegas.

The chairman of the New York State Coalition of Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Frank Garcia peeped game and was quick to call out the inventors intentions saying, “To me, it is offensive for people who are not Hispanic to use the name ‘bodega,’ to make a quick buck… It’s disrespecting all the mom-and-pop bodega owners that started these businesses in the ’60s and ’70s.”

Needless to say the culture took to social media to ride on the new app and it was glorious. Check out some of the most impressive tweets below.

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4 Stages, 4 Crews, 1 Winner! Unruly Win First Red Bull Culture Clash ATL

 

The world’s biggest music battle made its debut in Atlanta on Friday, August 25. Inspired by Jamaican sound clashes, the Atlanta installment took place at 787 Windsor and featured four of the top crews from around the globe—Atlanta’s own Mike WiLL Made-It leading his EarDrummers crew, Canada’sEnjoyLife led by WondaGurlthe UK’s Disturbing London led by Tinie Tempah, and Jamaica’s Unruly—which was led in spirit by Popcaan though he was unable to be at the event.

 

 

The crews pulled out all the stops—from EarDrummers bringing out Pusha T, Ludacris, Crime Mob, Fabo and SahBabii, to Disturbing London’s “Shape of You” dubplate and special guests including Charlie Sloth, Pastor Troy and Atlantian TI crossing enemy lines and repping for the UK crew via video, to EnjoyLife bringing out Rich Kidd and dropping some Drake to Unruly’s mic drop: bringing out Atlanta music royalty Jermaine Dupri—the night was filled with unforgettable surprises. After four rounds of intense competition, Unruly edged out hometown favorites EarDrummers to win the crowd’s support and proved victorious.


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Biting Becky: Taylor Swift Getting Blitzed For Culture Vulturing Beyonce’s Lemonade

It doesn’t take much for Taylor Swift to get slandered on these Internets. Today (Aug. 25), the Pop singer is catching the wrath of Twitter because her new video, “Look What You Made Me Do,” damn sure looks a lot like a milquetoasty version of Beyoncé’s “Formation” off her Lemonade project.

This meant that Twitter users began flipping the lyrics to note Swift’s mayo-heavy take on Bey’s work.

This is low key officially one of the greatest tweets of all time.

Peep more of the stunning slander below and on the flip.


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LeBron James Producing Comedy Series About Sneaker Culture For HBO

Sorry Cleveland, but it seems more and more likely that LeBron James is LA bound come next summer. The latest clue comes out of tinseltown where LeBron is going to be producing his new HBO project which centers around two friends who own an up and coming sneaker store in Los Angeles.

The half-hour single-camera comedy about the insanity that surrounds the sneaker culture phenomenon that’s taken over the world seems to be filling a part of the culture that’s yet to be explored by a television series. If done right, it should be a smash. And with LeBron’s Nike connect who knows what kind of original sneakers and designs will make their debut in this series. Don’t expect Big Baller Brand or Kyrie’s to get any shine though.

Though the project has yet to be named according to Highsnobiety the series is going to be written by Shawn Wines (High Maintenance) and Lemon Andersen (She’s Gotta Have It).

No word on when a pilot might air but best believe sneakerheads around the world will be glued to their tubes and tablets when it does indeed debut.

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Hit ‘Em Up: Culture Vultures Kendall & Kylie Sued For Using Tupac’s Image On Their Trash T-Shirts

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Kendall And Kylie Jenner Sued For Tupac T-Shirts

Kendall and Kylie Jenner are facing a lawsuit for those ridiculously headazz Tupac t-shirts. As previously reported the culture vultures were obliterated for shopping around $ 125 Tupac and Biggie shirts superimposed with their faces on them.

Now they’re facing the consequences for their actions in the form of a lawsuit. According to TMZ the photographer who took at least one of the iconic shots of Tupac they used is suing the Jenner sisters.

Michael Miller who previously photographed Eazy-E, Angelina Jolie and Jack Nicholson is suing for any profits made off the shirts. Miller also added in his suit that he NEVER wanted to work with the Jenners, especially Kendall since her Pepsi disaster.

No word yet on if they’ll also face a suit for the Biggie shirts, but B.I.G.’s mother Violetta Wallace is already BIG mad over them.

Are you glad that the Jenners are facing a lawsuit for their Pac shirts???


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Rape Culture: Bill Cosby Juror Admits He Didn’t Believe Andrea Constand Because Of Her Attire

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Juror Admits Andrea Constand’s Attire Affected Credibility In Cosby Case

Many were shocked and disappointed when the judge in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case declared a mistrial after jurors failed to reach a consensus verdict after 52 hours of deliberation.

Slowly but surely, anonymous jurors have begun to speak about their thought process and the things they believed about the testimony they heard.

One such juror spoke to DailyMail about why he didn’t really believe Andrea Constand’s story. It’s the unfortunate logic of many men when it comes to rape and sexual assault.

“She was asking for it.”

The juror said: ‘She was well-coached. Let’s face it: She went up to his house with a bare midriff and incense and bath salts. What the heck?’

While this juror would not reveal how he voted, it’s pretty clear from his statements that he likely did not vote to convict Cosby.

He specifically felt that she should have gone to Cosby’s home only if she was ‘dressed properly and left the incense in the store’ in reference to a gift she brought him before the alleged assault.

A different juror also revealed that the pool used the typical ignorant logic of time-lapse as a reason to disregard Constand’s testimony:

‘That’s hard for me to believe, that I’ve been injured and it takes a year to report,’ the juror said.

‘Whatever the man did, he’s already paid a price and suffered.’

It’s always a bit shocking to hear people say things like this when discussing the rape or sexual assault of a stranger, because it is HIGHLY unlikely that they would use such dismissive logic toward a woman in their family or a female friend.

But there you have it, ignorance as usual.


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