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DOIN’ IT IN THE PARK KICKSTARTER

January 28 |

Our homie Bobbito Garcia (DJ, Baller, Historian) needs our help getting his independent flick on the history of pickup basketball in New York City, out and into theaters. Doin’ It In The Park, produced and directed by Bobbito and Kevin Couliau, explores the social significance of the sport inside of the urban environment. The project’s got 22 days left to reach it’s goal of $35K USD. Worth the support especially since so many of the pledge amounts come with perks like signed bball gear an early digital download of the movie and mention in their “Special Thanks” section! Pledge your support here.

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THE REEMERGENCE OF INDEPENDENT BUTCHERS

January 19 |

Thrash Lab presents a look into the world of independent butchers. The following short highlights the importance of local avenues for meat, both for community and sustainability. Whether you’re a meateater or not, you have to respect the idea of producing and supplying in a humble way that connects folks back to what they’re eating and where it’s coming from!

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PARENTS LIE TO THEIR KIDS TO TEACH

January 11 |

BPS Research Digest reports on how a study by Dr. Gail Heyman discovered that parents do indeed lie to their children in order to teach or control their behavior. What her and her team did was present a group of both American and Chinese parents with a list of “instrumental lies”. They then had to identify which they had used on their children. Results showed that many of them, eightyfour per cent of US parents and 98 percent of Chinese parents to be exact, admitted to telling at least one of the 16 instrumental lies to their kids. According to those strong statistics, it’s safe to say that we do indeed lie to our kids when we want them to learn or know specific things!

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RICK RUBIN’S SPIRITUALITY

January 10 |

Although American recording producer, Rick Rubin, is more known for his track record and beard, it’s also been established that the avantgarde creative is also a spiritual guru of sorts. The following Nowness short captures the eclectic Rubin in his ultimate element, nature, as he explains what existence and stillness mean to him. Very Zen!

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DSE DETROIT

January 9 |

Definitive Style Exclusive (DSE) Detroit is a premier streetwear brand hailing from Michigan. Smart, slick and welldesigned, the line aligns itself with hometown pride. You’ll find hats, bags, crews, hoodies and tees all representing love and support for The Motor Citya place that can really use it. Right on!

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WE ARE NOT GHOSTS IN DETROPIA

January 9 |

It’s no secret that Detroit’s current state of affairs could easily rival that of a third world country. And with all due respect, The Motor City’s future also hangs in the unfortunate balance. Politics, jobs, money, and people all tied together, waiting to see or build for themselves what will or won’t be. Two documentaries have captured a firsthand look into the decaying frontlines and uplifting sanctuaries. Check out the trailers to Detropia, a hardhitting and dreamlike account of Detroit on the brink and We Are Not Ghosts, a story about Detroiters dedicated to rebuilding their communities. Both remarkable to watch and consider!

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SHADES DETROIT

January 6 |

Still rocking in Detroit for 2013 and we’ve had the pleasure of meeting Motor Citybred artist, Shades. The international graffiti master was cool enough to meet up and give República an honest account of his Detroit. With clients likes Chevrolet, Michigan State University and Quicken Loans it’s not that there’s infinite work available for a canman like Shades, but there’s affinity that the native has for his “island” as he tells it along with a living doing what he loves. Can’t hate on that!

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DETROIT IMAGES OF THE PAST

January 5 |

Sometimes the only way to understand what once was is to actually see what once was. And what greater tool that photography? Detroit Urbex (Urban Exploration) is a website dedicated to actually that. The team behind the project enters abandoned and derelict Detroit and not only documents it, but also merges old photos with it’s current state. The result is an almost surreal juxtpositoning of the past and present, almost beckoning for answers and restoration. Powerful images depending on who’s viewing them.

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THE HEIDELBERG PROJECT

January 5 |

Our Editor In Chief’s been spending some time in Detroit this New Year and he’s been fishing us up some interesting things going on over there. One of those things is The Heidelberg Projectan organization dedicated to promoting thought and inspire action and heal the community of Detroit’s East Side. The following is a video that includes artist interviews and community reaction about the project.

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PAUL RODRIGUEZ VISITS NEW ORLEANS’ 9TH WARD

January 2 |

Professional skateboarder, Paul Rodriguez, visits New Orleans’ infamous 9th Ward in the latest episode of his Life series. The humanitarian ripper connects with a knowledgeable resident who recaps the stunning details of Hurricane Katrina’s damage, seven years later! There’s also a moment of clarity where the host poetically acknowledges the power of skateboarding and what it has the potential to for this community and others like it. Remarkably touching stuff!

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