The Reebok Classic Breakout tipped off at Philadelphia University yesterday on Wednesday, July 10th as over one hundred of the best high school basketball athletes were given the opportunity to play in front of hundreds of Division I college coaches during the NCAA live period.
The Reebok Classic Breakout is unique in that it is the only live period camp that gives any player the opportunity to earn an invitation purely through his performance at the eleven Reebok Classic Open Runs that took place across the country throughout the spring. These players now get the chance to let their game make their name as they compete against some of the more established players that are already ranked in the top 100 and are future All-Americans.
This year Reebok hosted a special Classic Rap roundtable on one of the basketball courts. On hand were Sway Calloway (from MTV and “Sway in the Morning” fame) who moderated an exclusive panel featuring NBA legends Shaquille O’Neal (in the Shaq Attaq IV), Shawn Kemp (in the Kamikaze II Low), and Dominique Wilkins (in the Twilight Zone Pump), along with current players Isaiah Thomas (in the Kamikaze II Low) and Gerald Green (in the Blast). Rounding out the group were friends of the Reebok brand including Jadakiss (in the Question Mid), DJ Drama (in the Blast) and Lil Duval (in the GL 6000).
In front of a large crowd, the group discussed the importance of having events like the Reebok Breakout Camp to help nurture and support the next generation of basketball players and how essential it is to have drive, commitment and resolve to persevere in their passion for the game. The NBA legends and current players also recounted their personal histories and challenges coming up in the industry and offered tips and guidance to the high school athletes on site.
Reebok also took the opportunity to showcase the Shaq Attaq IV model seen on the feet of Shaq and Sway at the event. Originally released in 1994, the Shaq Attaq IV was seen on the feet of dominant big man Shaquille O’Neal during the 1994-1995 season in which he won a scoring title, and appeared in the All-Star Game in Phoenix as well as NBA Finals against Houston. A game changer on the court, the Shaq Attaq IV also made history as the first basketball shoe to ever feature Insta Pump technology.
Twenty years after its initial release, limited pairs of the black/white/blue Shaq Attaq IV are set to hit shelves on Friday, July 25th at key retailers Jimmy Jazz, Shiekh, Villa, Shoe City and Eblens for $140
Shepard Fairey is a recognizable brand. From Andre the Giant Has a Posse stickers to OBEY to the Obama Hope poster, Fairey has carved out a familiar, easily identifiable aesthetic of pop-heavy propaganda couched in geometrically stenciled street art. Fairey’s most recent collaboration was on display in Hollywood last night at the launch party for his newly designed Hennessy V.S. Limited Edition bottle.
The evening started with DJs D-Nice, Z-Trip and DJ Diabetic (aka Mr. Fairey himself) stirring up a crowd that was well-lubricated on free flowing Hennessy cocktails. Guests got to view the new bottle, sample the goods and share the dance floor with celebs like Chris Brown, Karrueche Tran, Ne-Yo, Travis Barker and Tam Walker.
Although Fairey was the man of the hour, the main attraction was this guy named Kendrick Lamar. And when I say main attraction, I really do mean attraction. Given the size of the venue, it’s amazing how many girls were actively looking to get impregnated by the man who earned seven Grammy nominations this past year.
Lamar was the ultimate crowd pleaser, showering the place with his fluid flow and familiar hooks from hits like “Swimming Pools (Drank)”, “Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe”, and “Poetic Justice.” Everyone in attendance soaked it all in with a smile. From the view of the stage, everyone shared the same expression. Like the entire place was about to eat ice cream. Especially that girl in the pink dress.
Whatever “it” is, Kendrick has it for days. D-Nice, Z-Trip and Shepard Fairey set the stage, but Kendrick Lamar stole the show.
adidas announces today its newest workout training device, FIT SMART, part of the miCoach platform.
FIT SMART measures heart rate, calories, pace, distance and stride rate, all from the user’s wrist. The device provides feedback to athletes of all levels by helping those set goals and encouraging them to commit to long-term fitness regimens. FIT SMART stores up to 10 hours of workout data and syncs via the miCoach Train and Run app on iOS and Android devices, which allows for customized settings and free training plans suited to each athlete.
FIT SMART will retail for $199 when it goes on sale in late August, exclusively in the U.S. at Best Buy locations and BestBuy.com, with availability to follow a few weeks later at adidas.com, adidas Sport Performance stores and other leading retailers.
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Destiny is not fate. You have a choice. This is the World Cup Semi-Final. It’s now or never. all in or nothing.
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Check out the latest video that features German stars including Thomas Müller and Mesut Özil as well as Brazil stars including Oscar.
On the heels of the Orphan Barrel Whiskey Distilling Company’s first two releases this spring – Barterhouse and Old Blowhard, Orphan is excited to announce the third addition – Rhetoric. Rhetoric is a beautiful 20-year-old Kentucky Straight Bourbon that will be progressively aged and released once per year. This will allow whiskey fans to compare differences year over year and see how an extra 12 months in the barrel affects the liquid.
Orphan Barrel was created to locate forgotten barrels of whiskey from around the world to share with discerning adult fans. Rhetoric is highly limited and is expected to be highly demanded by adult consumers and whiskey aficionados who dream of choosing the choicest barrels that are aged to perfection.
As with the first two releases, Rhetoric (90 proof, 45% ABV) is hand-bottled in Tullahoma, Tenn., and is expected to begin appearing on select shelves across the country in late June 2014 under strict allocation due to limited supply at a suggested retail price of $85 for a 750 ml bottle.
The Rhetoric whiskey stock was recently found in the old Stitzel-Weller Warehouses in Louisville, Ky. It was distilled in both the New and Old Bernheim distilleries. The whiskey begins with a smoky and leathery nose hinting of ripe apples and tastes of smoked vanilla oak, toasted rye and dried fruit. It carries a long, full finish of cherry blossom and bitter chocolate.
The “Bajacalypse” is approaching more quickly than some may have anticipated. The “Bajacalypse” is the day when the supply of Mountain Dew Baja Blast in bottles and cans runs out and the flavor returns to Taco Bell exclusively. Mountain Dew compiled a list of some of the best Mtn Dew Baja Blast fan photos they seen so far. Here are a few of the rock stars of Dew Nation. Think you have a better pic? Tweet us at MANjr and Mtn Dew.
adidas and Funny or Die have actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse go on a quest to discover the best World Cup party. Filmed on location in Rio de Janeiro, and featuring cameos from adidas stars and legends including Fernando Hierro, Juan Mata, Cafu and Patrick Vieira, Mintz-Plasse is a roving reporter searching for a party with hilarious results.
Along the way, Mintz-Plasse joins Fernando Hierro for the adidas miCoach Smart Ball Power Challenge, receives soccer tips from Juan Mata and trains with the Flamengo youth team, before talking Brazil and Argentina with Cafu. Feeling disappointed with not being able to find any parties, it is left to French legend Patrick Vieira to explain that the World Cup and going to a match is the biggest party of them all.
When you’ve made it this far and it’s win or go home and the whole country’s skipping out of work to cheer their brains out, there’s only one other thing you need: AN EPIC HYPE FILM. Watch the new Budweiser World Cup 2014 commercial for the USA vs Belgium round of 16 match. Let’s do this. Go USA.
David Ury is a great character actor and comedian with over ten years of experience and known for his roles in shows such as “Heroes” and “Breaking Bad,” among others and all of his roles have incorporated dying. He has utilized his work and expertise in “dying” to publish a new book, entitled “Everybody Dies: A Children’s Book for Grown Ups.”
A children’s book for adults, “Everybody Dies” is Internet sensation from Ken Tanaka and David Ury’s grimly hilarious attempt to explain death. Using heavily saturated pictures and frank speech, Tanaka showcases the various ways in which people can meet their fate—including a surfing tragedy, being devoured by wild animals, war, and death by convenience machine.
Through 48 full-color pages of dark fun, Tanaka and Ury unveils the truth about living and dying, and softens the blow with cute drawings and little games to familiarize yourself with the death around you. By the book’s end, death may not be any less petrifying, but the inescapability is made clear. You can purchase the book here!
Even as in high school David’s roles would meet his maker in some of his plays. David recalls, “I remember the first time I died. I was a sophomore in high school and I’d been talked into doing the school play. It was “Riders to the Sea” and I was to play Bartley, a young fisherman who meets a watery end. I had a few lines at the top, but spent most of the play lying dead on stage. The actress playing my mother stood over my corpse and cried and cried. In the audience, my real mother cried and cried. At the moment, I knew this was my calling.”
I had the great chance to chat with David about his book, “Breaking Bad,” acting and more! To listen to my interview click here.
Here is the trailer Ury made with some of his “Breaking Bad” alums!