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Testing An App That Combines Dating And Travel In Washington D.C.

Generally speaking, blind dates are no one’s idea of a good time. It’s always a little odd having never met someone, then being forced to be interested in that person’s life and hobbies for a few hours. Sure, plenty of good can come of them, but more often than not they’re a recipe for awkwardness. Now, imagine being on a blind date and unable to go home because you’re in a whole other state. That’s the deal when you sign up with MissTravel.com...
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Shudu, The First Digital Model, Has Led To Serious Discussions Of Race

As if modeling wasn’t already a controversial industry, it just got even more interesting with the introduction of a whole new class of model. Shudu — a model whose claim to fame was an appearance on Rihanna’s Fenty Beauty Instagram page — is UNREAL. No, literally… she’s not a real person. Seriously. Shudu is the world’s first entirely digital model, the creation of photographer/digital artist Cameron James-Wilson. Technically, all models are somewhat digital these days — what with the toning,
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Sean John Celebrates The 30th Anniversary Of Basquiat’s Death

Every day, we’re reminded of how impactful artists and creatives can be when calling for social justice. There is a long precedent for this, stretching back to the Greek poets and beyond. Creative minds are willing to fight for the truth and push forward the universe’s slow arc toward justice. History is overloaded with excellent examples. Even among these social leaders and creative icons, Jean-Michel Basquiat is a legend...
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Reframing Black History Month As A Time To Celebrate Black Excellence

Black History Month was always a pretty depressing few weeks of school. Learning about the struggle my people faced — and still face — in America and across the world was often agonizingly bleak. Of course, black children need to know where they’ve come from and what they’ve overcome to be able to better celebrate where they’re headed, and the people of the United States need to remember their treatment of black Americans to ensure we don’t have a repeat...
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Lil B Is Cooking On Youtube And In The Studio

Lil B has established quite the reputation for himself on social media, which has been a mixture of extreme positivity and sometimes, random beef. Arguably, there’s no one rapper who has achieved more interest for social media first, music second than he has. The coolest thing about Lil B is that despite the “curses” he’s put on people, the conspiracies about Twitter stunts, and the other sensationalism surrounding his name, the music is actually pretty good.
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Meet The Man Trying To Disrupt The Hot Dog Game

Keith Dorman — a man with a family history of making cheat codes for food (his great grandfather is the guy responsible for the pieces of paper that keep cheese slices from sticking together) — was every bit as concerned as me. The food manufacturer believes people should have a right to know what’s in their food, and that labels ought to accurately reflect what’s in the package. In fact, he’s trying to put the labels on the food itself: stamping his new brand of hot dogs with info about their ingredients.
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The Inventor Of The ’Fingerprint Gun’ Shares The Progress He’s Made

Kai Kloepfer — who UPROXX interviewed in 2015 when he developed a concept for a “smart gun” — is just such a problem solver. As a high school student, he dreamt up a gun that utilized fingerprint recognition, much like modern iterations of the iPhone. When the gun found the wrong hands, it would be rendered completely useless. Accidental shootings would plummet. Since the original video went viral, Kloepfer has started college at MIT while continuing work on the “smart gun.” We decided to check in with him to see how much he’s progressed, hear about his tech company Biofire, and discuss the future of “safe” firearms.
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Kanye Is Teasing Yeezy Season 6 With Instagram Models Dressed Like Kim

If you’ve been checking out posts online for Yeezy Season 6, you make think you’re seeing double…well, triple…well, just a lot of photos of the same person wearing pieces from the unreleased collection. While the line will not launch until New York Fashion Week, it looks like Kanye West’s affection for his bossed up wife, Kim Kardashian-West, has inspired him to create a campaign based completely around her most current look – a platinum blonde ‘do that is bone straight with a part down the center. ‘Ye has historically been very particular about who models the line, and this time, he’s called on some fashionable friends to emulate that looks Kim donned on social media earlier in the year.
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Ralph Lauren’s ’Snow Beach’ Collection Returns With Raekwon’s Jacket

If you’re old enough to remember the jacket “that one guy” in Wu-Tang Clan wore in “that one video” that everyone lost their minds over, you’re about to be hella excited. If you’re a hip hop head (or just familiar with its stars) you’ll know that guy was Raekwon, the video was “Can It Be All So Simple,” and you’re probably pissed that we haven’t already provided a link for you to cop the Ralph Lauren parka from the “Snow Beach” Collection that you probably coveted some 25 years ago.
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How Combining Hip-Hop With Therapy Might Help The Next Generation Of Rappers

Lauryn Hill was a trendsetter in many ways, some quite unexpected. When she wrote “Superstar” back in 1998, her words tapped into one area of hidden potential for hip-hop music that’s only just now being realized: “Come on baby, light my fire Everything you drop is so tired Music is supposed to inspire So how come we ain’t getting no higher?” She, like many of today’s hip-hop heads, turned to the genre to relieve stress and to feel like she wasn’t alone...
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Video Interview: John Fuggin Dough On Authenticity, Purpose, And Art [@johnfuggindough]

The text went like this: John Fuggin Dough: Hey do u do in person interviews? Hope Fuggin Carter: Yup. JFD: Cool! I want to do one with u to release some time next year HC: Dope. What do you want this interview to focus on? JFD: Well, I’m about to drop an interview or two about the brand and shit I’m doing, but I want to present something that allows people to buy into ME more and what I represent… …and that’s exactly what happened...
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Terry 'the Trainer' Williams's Cookbook Helps You Keep Those New Year's Fitness Goals

It’s finally 2018, and as a part of your fitness resolution you have decided to eat better and work out, as we all have. Getting into the gym might not be difficult (if you can stand the cold to go outside or find a parking spot), but eating right…that’s quite an issue. Not only are you not excited about having to spend more time and money in the grocery store, you’re probably super bummed that “fat free” is often the equivalent of “flavor free.” But what if you could eat delicious, flavor-packed food and not break your resolution or the bank? Enter Terry “the Trainer” Williams of The League: Elite Training Facility. We’ve written about Williams before, but now he’s on a whole new level as the owner of a thriving gym, a husband, a dad, and now the author of his second clean-eating cookbook, “The FlavorFuel Kitchen.”
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Seeing Lake Mead With Taye Diggs Will Remind You To 'Find Your Park'

Imagine being an megawatt actor and your agent calls to tell you you’re going to be on a speedboat tour of freezing cold Lake Mead in mid-autumn. Afterward, you’ll explore the other side of the Hoover Dam on a raft down the Colorado River. And you’ll do it all with a bunch of journalists. It’s probably not the kind of call you’d be used to (or relish), but Taye Diggs answered it anyway. The actor/writer/singer felt that it was important to support the National Park Foundation in its push preser
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