If you’re fortunate enough to have turned 28 years old today, congratulations! You may now consider yourself royalty! I mean, yeah, the Alchemist & Lil Wayne both dropped impeccable albums on this day in 2004 but, with all due respect, they ain’t touching the Prince of Zamunda. One of Eddie Murphy’s greatest on screen performances and concrete evidence of his comedic genius, “Coming to America” is almost at the three decade mark and hasn’t stopped putting us in stitches yet. The film follows a regal gentleman hailing from the definitely real nation of Zamunda on his journey to distant, foreign lands to find a genuine suitor. And where else could someone find a woman fit for a King but Queens, NY?
At times, the voyage of Prince Akeem and Semmi, his loyal friend, is landlocked between catastrophe and chaos but the unfathomable happens when the King’s son finds his Queen-to-be. A terrific New York City love story to say the least, but it wouldn’t be appropriate for us to mention this 1988 classic without looking at all the moments from the barbershop downstairs from “Kunta.” Enjoy and if you haven’t watched this film already, watch it. You’ll be very happyyou did!
Come have a look-see. Just know that you won’t be able to un-see any of this abstract universe. This short animation takes a look into the twisted, contorting heart of a unique creature from the mind of Daniel Savage. Check it out and what you find may surprise you; I looked into it’s heart and saw bits and pieces of mine too!
Handcrafted by native Northhamptonshire cobblers applying agelss fabrication techniques along with on of Denmark’s finest brands, the Norse Projects x Dr. Marten’s 3-Eye Steed shoe effortlessly blends Danish style with British elegance.
Constructed on a classic Dr. Marten’s bouncing sole, customized ripstop nylon padded tongue and finished with a British water resistant Repello suede, this Steed is ready to ride! Available in-store and online at the Reed Space for $275.
We always learn something new about the “Double OG” himself @jeffstaple when he get’s in front of the camera on the microphone, but this was fantastic. Creator of B3AR FRUIT, @OctaviusANewman (dope name by the way) REALLY cracks the egg of the man that is Founder/Creative Director of Staple Design Studio, a design studio, Staple Pigeon, a menswear collection, and Reed Space, a cultural boutique and publication, jeffstaple. On his podcast, “the Beautiful Struggle,” a vehicle to highlight the beauty and the struggle of the creative process, which go hand-in-hand, inspiring hundreds of listeners, Newman has an organic conversation with jeff about his past, present, and potential future. Oh, and of course, the Nike SB “Pigeon” Dunk or as Octavius describes it: the flag in the ground for streetwear. Listen in as jeffstaple talks about the origins of the storied kicks, his feelings towards the riot, growing up in the tri-state area, what the Shokunin-mentality is, what consistently motivates him to create, and PLENTY more. Jump right in!
“A true honor” is the only way to describe coming into contact with @BlackThought. Arguably one of the greatest to ever touch the mic and certainly one of the most talented individuals in music, Tariq Trotter, who founded the legendary Roots and continues to lead the way effortlessly sat down with Reed Space founder @jeffstaple to discuss traversing through the Hip-Hop ranks in the city of brotherly love, the spontaneity of his creative process, and how the Roots became a mainstay on the “Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.” Check out the inspiring sit down here.
There are millions of fathers in this world, but there are far fewer “dads.” It takes the love, attention, understanding, and genuine compassion that only a dad could give to earn that title. It certainly doesn’t take being a perfect father though, as the eccentric inventor in Natalie Labarre’s“Papa” demonstrates. The short animation, inspired by Labarre’s actual relationship with her father, is sweet, rich with nostalgia, funny and honest. We wish all the dad’s and hard-working single mother’s out there a very Happy Father’s Day!
Believe it or not, it’s not even officially the summer yet. Don’t tell @BenAndJerrys that though. The way this weather’s been beating down us with this heat is unforgivable. Thankfully, the good folks at B&J’s hooked us up with some ice cold pints of their new Cookie Core Ice Cream to survive mother nature’s wrath. Check out a few shots of the day’s flavor and grab a tasty pint for yourself at your local store.