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J’ouvert: Brooklyn’s Dirty Masquerade (Documentary)

Yup. You probably know Carnival. You MIGHT know J’ouvert. Whether you do or don’t, here comes a VICE documentary on it… meaning we are about to get deep enough in depth about it so all who watch are in the know. Was kind of hoping the Carnival newbie Wilbert L. Cooper was gonna get a ‘real’ demonstration from Kat (or one of the other sistas) at the barber shop *wink*

J’ouvert is a wild, pre-dawn street masquerade that marks the beginning of Caribbean Carnival. It’s a tradition that represents rebellion and freedom from slavery for West Indian communities around the world. New York City’s J’ouvert is one of the most famous, bringing out more than 250,000 revelers every year who party through the night dressed in elaborate costumes or smothered in paint and powder.

While J’ouvert is a cultural cornerstone for the city, it’s become a subject of controversy. Over the past decade, more than 20 people have been shot and killed in and around the festival, leading many to associate the event with violence.
– VICE

Wow. A lot to take in. Press play and get started.

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New York Graffiti Experience (Documentary)

What do you know about that old school Hip-Hop cinema maaaan? Have you seen “Wildstyle” yet? If so, congratulations. But that was ’83. And we mean old school – before the 1980s. How about this mini-documentary that came out in 1976, the “New York Graffiti Experience” above? #Graffiti #HipHop #Elements

Enjoy. You’re welcome!

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Flying Made Easy: The Icon A5 Mini-Plane (Video)

Dope! Got more news on the Icon A5 – the 2-seat mini-plane designed to be so simple that anyone who can drive a car can fly it. The sticker weighs in at just over $200K, so it is near the regular people price range (okay, regular people who have quite a bit of big change to throw around). Plus this plane can land on and take off on water. Put in the money, 30 hours’ training, get a license, and viola… your life is ‘fly’ for real #BALLIN

Check out the latest video above (courtesy USA Today).

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Technology: Looking At The NFL In The Future Through The Microsoft HoloLens (Video)

Microsoft shows us what the future of watching the NFL might be like if we all had a HoloLens in our home.

Man! Looking at this future tech teaser trailer… In the future, inviting folks over to ‘watch the game’ is gonna seem like a DRASTIC understatement! HoloLens could change the game; at least how we watch it.

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Rolling With Roc Marciano In ‘The Smokebox’ (Video)

Always think about that Xzibit opening line, “You don’t wanna hotbox with me,” when coming across these. Actually, smoker or not… kinda feel like we all do. Stuff can get crazy, but peering through the smoke, we always learn things about the guest and their direction in these sessions. Next up: Roc Marciano toking and talking.

Roc Marciano talks with B-REAL about his long awaited new album, “Rosebudds Revenge,”. Longevity in the game, his start with Busta Rhymes & his new upcoming project with DJ Muggs on this episode of The Smokebox.

Something right about bringing your producer (Animoss) along for the ‘ride.’ Good session Roc.

ROC MARCIANO – ROSEBUDD’S REVENGE (ALBUM)

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These High Tech Tattoos Can Conduct Electricity (Video)

Yoooo! So now we can join the “Justice League” as a Cyborg without all the getting mangled in a near-life-ending accident and being put back together by a dad mad cyber-scientist? Could be cool…

The newest activity tracking device may not even be a device. Austin-based software design firm Chaotic Moon Studios has created a concept prototype for tech tattoos, a circuit that you can wear on the surface of your skin. The components are attached with conductive paint, and can monitor health and activity stats, authorize charges for purchases and many other potential applications.

Yeah, while I’m not a tat guy, some folks who are might get into this. And that Justice League thing… I might go with being a Six-Million Dollar Man or one of the Bionic Six (Google/YouTube it, old school rules).

@ojones1

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Meet A Muslim (Video)

It’s high time for tolerance folks! Hug someone different than you… today (with permission)! I know I am preaching to the choir, because you are on here. Shout to our visitors, extended fam, because y’all “get” a lot of what’s posted here (and it’s still love when you don’t). And I know you’ll get this… I got a li’l choked up right from the start of this… When the lady said, “I am a human. I am a mom.”

Man. My mom is my HEART! Okay…

Yes, this “Meet A Muslim” is all that you’d expect. You probably know and celebrate some or all this in yourselves and in/with your Muslim friends and associates. But maybe play this within earshot of folks who may not ‘get it’ like you do. This is bound to soften a heart and/or open an eye or three. Great short video!

@ojones1

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Raise Up: The World is Our Gym (Trailer)

You know the crazy pull-ups and push-ups, frontwards and reversed, with acrobatics and flair thrown in there, that you’ve seen them on movie screens and Internet spots? Well, those are street calisthenics… and they have become a movement and a movie. Check it.

An underground urban fitness movement risks losing its identity as a social tool as it rapidly becomes a new international sport.
Rain Bennett

What you should take away: Parallels to Hip-Hop. Something else comes up from the streets, lives around the way, gets blown up and goes worldwide (good) and commercial (not so good in some ways); and the culture is worried that its true and best self (e.g. its essence) will be lost.

Watch the trailer.

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Tiny House Nation: Zack Finds A Toe Brother In Deion Sanders (Season 4, Episode 3 Trailer)

Yeah yeah, another dope “Tiny House” but eff that… do you seeeee them dudes’ what-are-THOSE toes though??!! How do you pull fine azz Tracey Edmonds with them sole survivors right there, Deion? Teach! And Zack, damn. Those toes inspire new cuss word combinations: Zack-DAMN maaannn! Hahaaaa!

John and Zack show Deion and Tracy the construction of their new tiny home and discover something interesting along the way in this scene from “600 Sq. Ft. Power-Couple’s Retreat.” #TinyHouseNation

In “Tiny House Nation,” renovation experts and hosts John Weisbarth and Zack Giffin travel across America to show off ingenious small spaces and help new families design and construct their own mini dream homes.

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NBA & Chicago Bulls Star Jimmy Butler Goes ‘Sneaker Shopping’ (Video)

C’mon son! You gotta know by know that sneakers is religion! For sneakerheads, it is not just ‘shopping’… it is spiritual, ritual, and to be done right!

Jimmy Butler goes Sneaker Shopping with Joe La Puma at Saint Alfred in Chicago and talks wearing Jordans to the White House, walking away from his Adidas deal, and playing basketball with Michael Jordan.

Dude, this dude wore sneakers to the White House to chit-chat with President Obama (and bless him with a pair).

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Too Old To Die Young: Russell Simmons (Video)

Too Old To Die Young is a new docu-series featuring urban culture’s most legendary figures. For the series debut ep, we get pioneer music mogul and modern vegan & meditation maestre Russell Simmons. Mass Appeal got legendary publicist Bill Adler to follow Russell ’round, to get the scoop on him and his perspective on the world around him. Yep, a journalistic journey of discovery becomes much more; just like it did when People Magazine sent young reporter Bill to cover Russell on the hustle back in 1983… and he hired Bill as his director of publicity for Def Jam Records and Rush Artist Management.

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The 10 Little Things Big Sean Can’t Live Without (Video)

So… Interesting ‘top 10’ list [of must-have things] for Big Sean. Jewelry, duffle bag blingage, fancy lenses… some function, but a lot of fashion on there.

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GoPro Karma: Beach Day With The Walsh Family (Video)

Professional surfer Anthony Walsh takes his wife (Crystal) and their son (Damien) on a daycation; exploring their native Hawaii by air, by land and by water. And the GoPro HERO5® camera with the Karma stabilization system is there to “see” it all, so the Walsh family could view it later.

Oh… and so we can view it now!

@ojones1

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Afro-Brazilian Hair Stories – Parts 1 & 2 (Video)

All jabs and jokes at the Chris Rock ‘Hair’ Movie aside, Black women’s hair is serious biz – monetary and cultural. This docu-miniseries from Essence mag is focusing on the cultural side. The women are beautiful; Afro-Brizilian beautiful. But some of the stories and struggles they share… not so.

While producing our August global issue in Rio de Janeiro, we interviewed women who are celebrating the “Afro” in Afro-Brazilian. However, their hair journey has been a battle of personal, family and social acceptance because of Brazil’s complicated history with race and identity.
– Essence

Start with Part 1 above, and continue with Part 2 after the jump.

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Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? Well, Watch And Learn! (Video)

Now, pay attention… This is some serious personal finance!

How difficult is it to become a millionaire? It’s probably not as hard as you might think, if you plan ahead. Author of “Smart Couples Finish Rich,” David Bach, came up with a chart showing how much money people at different ages should set aside each day in order to save a million dollars at the age of 65.
– Tech Insider

Maybe another takeaway from this: The earlier in life you start the better. So, again, we see that time is a most valuable commodity. If only I had more time (perhaps I could have more millions).

@ojones1

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2 Chainz Rocks An Ugly A$$ Christmas Sweater, With $90K Of Diamonds & Gold On It, On ‘The Most Expensivest Sh*t’ (Video)

Man… RIP Craig Sager. If only he and 2 Chainz had had a photo opp for this. Sager in one of his trademark outlandish courtside outfits; 2 Chainz in something like this ‘Most Expensivest Sh*t’

To get into the holiday spirit 2 Chainz and his jeweler, Joe Avianne of Avianne & Co, designed and created the Most Expensivest ugly Christmas sweater ever. The sweater was auctioned off by 2 Chainz, and the proceeds were given to the TRU Foundation.

Spoiler alert: The sweater… NOT that ugly.

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The Boyfriend Experience: In Japan, A Woman Can Even Rent A Man That Will Come Sit & Cry With Her (Video)

So the ‘Boyfriends For Hire’ business is still strong in Japan. We hipped y’all to it over three years ago on here. This is a next step. Sure, you can rent a boyfriend in Japan, but what about the elements expected of a longer-term bond? What if Japanese women could experience feelings usually borne of deeper bonds… without the being bound to a partner part? And do it a la carte? Would that be worth something?

Yeah, about $65 per hour. Yep, at least that’s what a ‘Handsome Weeping Boy’ will cost in Japan.

Watch.

(Full disclosure: VICE finds some cute correspondents. Like this Karley Sciortino. Them legs, too. Just saying.)

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The Birth of Saké (Documentary)

The award-winning documentary “The Birth of Saké” balances the physical labors of saké-making with the brewery workers’ personal stories and private sacrifices.

Incredible! This documentary is about a tradition, an art, craftsmanship, a lifestyle, a family business, a journey of self-discovery and appreciation and so much more brought to us by Japanese-American documentarian Erik Shirai. Turns out that Saké is waaaay more than fancy rice wine. The story’s telling – in “The Birth of Saké” – does involve a lot of cups of it though. The best!

In Japan, it’s such a normal thing to be an artisan, to dedicate your entire life to one craft and to be really good at it, so much so that Japanese people don’t find it interesting. But I was able to understand the culture, but also see it from a different perspective and really appreciate it. Hanging out [at the Tedorigawa brewery] for such a long period of time helped me realize that the Japanese culture is very embedded in who I am, in my aesthetics, my values, and how I see the world.- Erik Shirai

Check out the trailer above. Catch it on Netflix. More on the documentary at NBC News online.

MORE: THE BIRTH OF SAKE (NBCNEWS.COM)

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Woman Undergoes Procedure To Become A Sex Doll (Video)

Actually… that music wasn’t creepy enough! You know how folks (okay, dudes mainly) get sex dolls, right? How they get them and use them as though they were women.

Okay, okay! The dolls are their women, and they have sex with them. There it’s out there.

As hard as that was to say, wrap your head and vocal chords around this: A woman undergoing a procedure to become a sex doll!! Aw hellllll no! That’s what we say. And yet, there she is above doing it!

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History Of Social Dance (Video)

You know, we really ought to be smiling (at least on the inside) when the babies are going hard with the dances they do. May not be WHAT we used to do, but you KNOW we used to go just as HARD with the moves.

Turns out that there is a reasoning and history behind it all. And it’s all good. Now, excuse me while I get my Whip-Nae-Dab on!

@ojones1

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