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OFFICIAL WORLD CUP VIDEO: THIS IS WHY APPLE x BEATS WILL WIN

June 6 |

Beats by Dre and now Apple by default just took a page out of Nike’s playbook by dropping The Game Before The Game for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Cut to “Jungle” by X Ambassadors, Jamie N Commons, the almost five minute viral features: Neymar Jr. getting a pep talk from Neymar Sr. before the big game.Read More

BANKSY WINS “NYC ARTIST IN RESIDENCE” WEBBY AWARD

June 5 |

As many readers remember, last October, cheeky-Brit and artist Banksy captured the imagination of New Yorkers by democratizing art and making New York City his gallery. His month long city-wide exhibit was fascinating because he created his pieces as the days passed. With the fuzz and po-po’s in hot pursuit, he was as elusive as ever. With his savvy use of social media, his local exhibit blew the fuck up became a global phenomenon!Read More

MASS APPEAL PRESENTS: WATCH X WITNESS

October 7 |

For the first episode of this new series, Mass Appeal hooked up with Jason Goldwatch and 13thWitness two geniuses behind a lens. The two photographers embarked on a road trip through Detroit. The city is the largest in U.S. history to file for bankruptcy and as a result many buildings have become abandoned and is a prevalent site of urban decay. Read More

CITI-BMX

September 26 |

If you live in New York City you’ve definitely heard all the fuss about these new Citi bikes. Whether it be the bikes are too heavy, too slow, or too ugly the dudes over at Animal Bikes and their team-rider Tyrone Williams wanted to shut the haters up and drop this video of Tyrone killing the streets in one. Love them, or hate them the video is sure to bring a smirk to your facial as Tyrone pops wheelies and bunny hops all over NYC.Read More

2013 WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT’S DINNER

April 29 |

Alist celebrities, journalists and top government officials graced Washington D.C. for this year’s White House Correspondent’s Dinner. The glamorous evening took place this past Saturday and brought out everyone from Newt Gingrich and Conan O’Brien, to John Legend and Steven Spielberg. American President Barack Obama was on fire with jokes and political commentary that rivaled only a few of the comedic attendees. What an interesting display of government and Hollywood.

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RICK ROSS, NO BOSS

April 15 |

One of HipHop’s most recognizable names came under fire recently for his lyrics on a song that he was featured on. Miami rapper Rick Ross was criticized for his reference to date rape on Rocko’s “U.O.E.N.O.” Rick Ross attempted to apologize more than once for the lyric (“I’d die over these reeboks you ain’t even know it/ Put Molly all in her champagne, she ain’t even know it/ I took her home and I enjoyed that, she ain’t even know it.”) but it was seen as disingenuous because they failed to acknowledge the seriousness of the issue. Rape is no joke (or art) when nearly 1 in 5 U.S. women surveyed in the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey said they had been sexually assaulted.

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NYPD FACIAL RECOGNITION UNIT

April 4 |

In case criminals or folks looking to stay off the law’s radar needed any more proof that the authorities are indeed using social media to track offenders, DNA Info New York recently reported a case involving an unidentified assailant who was eventually tracked with the using photos stored on social media. The technological implications of the case reveal that authorities now have an extended Facebook (or any other social media network with pictures)assisted photo bank ready and available for their search needs. Though we’re not sure where constitutional rights and or Internet privacy stand here, the fact of the matter is that Facial Recognition Units are very real and becoming much more common in law enforcement. Would be criminals beware!

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3D PRINTED GUN DEBATE

April 1 |

Selfproclaimed cryptoanarchist, Cody R. Wilson, is the controversial subject of the latest Motherboard episodeit’s about 3D printed guns. The 25yearold grad student from The University of Texas is bent on pushing not only American 2nd Amendment rights, but also the limits of 3D printing technology as it pertains to highpowered weaponry. It’s hard to say what motivates Wilson more, openly defying neoliberal authority or proving his unwavering belief that DIY guns should be accessible to anyone willing to download themliterally!

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9-YEAR-OLD “COKE BOY” CONTROVERSY

March 3 |

The drama’s been steadily building up as Massacheusettsraised rapping tyke, Lil Poopy, has gone from unknown talent to controversial viral sensation. The 9yearold artist, reportedly managed and coached by his father, is in the middle of a hailstorm of backlash and criticism for his overthetop lyrics about fast cars, money and women. Hype or not the attention has made its way all the up to the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families which is currently investigating possible counts of child negligence. Sources say that the youngin’ was also affiliated with popular rapper, French Montana’s, Coke Boy entourage, something that Montana now strongly denies despite videos and photos linking the two. It’s also been reported that Poopy’s father has legally disowned him while undergoing the investigation. Looks like another case of the monkeyseemonkeydo syndrome. Unfortunately, when the bananas hit the fan nobody wants to take responsibility for the unwanted attention. What a shame!

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MEXICAN CRIMINAL IS CHICAGO PUBLIC ENEMY NO. 1

February 14 |

Not since Al Capone has the U.S. city of Chicago, Illinois declared a criminal Public Enemy No. 1. This, according to The Associated Press, is the status of Mexican cartel head hancho, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman. The saidtobe notorious leader of the Sinaloa Cartel is a wanted fugitive that escaped maximum security prison in 2001 and has been at large in Mexico ever since. So why the big hoopla over a supposed drug lord that isn’t even in the states? Well, according to authorities, El Chapo’s cartel is responsible for most of the narcotics sold in Chicago, a supply that pretty much dictates the criminal activity surrounding gang territory and homicides. Yikes! As of currently Guzman’s bounty is at $5 Million USD.

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