Tuesday, July 19, 2016

American Origins Behind South Korea's Plastic Surgery Craze

South Korea's obsession with cosmetic surgery can be traced back to an American doctor, raising uneasy questions about beauty standards.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

POWER | Season 3 Official Trailer | STARZ

Power | Season 3 Official Trailer | STARZ

A new season of Power is on its way Sunday July 17 and only three words matter. Ghost. Must. Die.

From Executive Producer Curtis "50" Cent Jackson and show creator Courtney A. Kemp ("The Good Wife") comes season 3 of the hit drama "Power."

Will James St. Patrick's dream of leaving the drug game and finding love with the woman sworn to bring him to justice end before it begins with the specter of "Ghost" coming back to haunt him? Be careful what you wish for.


Omari Hardwick
Lela Loren
Naturi Naughton
Joseph Sikora
Andy Bean
Adam Huss
Kathrine Narducci
Sinqua Walls
Luis Antonio Ramos
Shane Johnson
Greg Serano
Lucy Walters
David Fumero
Anika Noni Rose
Lala Anthony

Wayne Gretzky Rookie Card Breaking Records

Wayne Gretzky rookie card smashing record at ongoing auction

Nearly two decades after his retirement, the Great One is still obliterating records.
The best-known example of Wayne Gretzky's 1979-80 O-Pee-Chee rookie card is up for auction and the early action has been historic. Bidding for the card, which is being offered by Goldin Auctions, already has reached $200,000, more than double the previous record for a modern hockey card.
Estimates suggest the bidding could reach $400,000 by the time the card is finally sold. That's a staggering leap from the then-record $94,163 that the card last traded for back in May, 2011.
"The card is the flag bearer for the hockey market," said Ken Goldin, president of Goldin Auctions. "It is the most valuable and most sought after hockey card, by far."

Gretzky rookies aren't particularly hard to come by, especially if you don't mind a copy that looks like it was carried in a kid's back pocket for a month. But high quality copies are few and far between and demand is rising. Goldin says that lesser copies of the card, which sold for around $5,000 just five years ago, are now averaging nearly $30,000 each.

But this card is one-of-a-kind. According to PSA, a company that independently assesses the condition of cards, it has graded 3,727 copies of the O-Pee-Chee Gretzky rookie card. This is the only one to earn the highest score, a PSA 10. By way of comparison, three copies of Mickey Mantle's most desirable card, his 1952 Topps, have earned a similar PSA 10.
What makes this Gretzky stand out are the nearly straight edges. Virtually all copies of this card are rough cut, reportedly because the company used wires to separate individual cards from printing sheets.
Online bidding continues through 1 p.m. on Aug. 4, with live bidding concluding later that evening at the National Sports Collectors Convention in Atlantic City. — Allan Muir | Sports Illustrated

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Mr. Robot — One Of The Best New Series Of The New Millennium

An exploration of the authenticity and societal impact of the award-winning hacker drama Mr. Robot. USA's hit show.

About: MR. ROBOT follows Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek), a young cyber-security engineer who becomes involved in the underground hacker group fsociety, after being recruited by their mysterious leader (Christian Slater). Following the events of fsociety’s hack on multi-national company Evil Corp, the second season will explore the consequences of that attack as well as the illusion of control. The series also stars Portia Doubleday, Carly Chaikin, Grace Gummer, Michael Cristofer and Stephanie Corneliussen.

'Mr. Robot' Delivers USA Network Its First Drama Series Emmy Nom Deadline


Monday, July 11, 2016

Tim Duncan Announces NBA Retirement From San Antonio Spurs

Tim Duncan Announces Retirement

Five-Time Champion Concludes 19-Year Career in San Antonio

SAN ANTONIO (July 11, 2016) – San Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan today announced that he will retire after 19 seasons with the organization. Since drafting Duncan, the Spurs won five championships and posted a 1,072-438 regular season record, giving the team a .710 winning percentage, which is the best 19-year stretch in NBA history and was the best in all of the NBA, NFL, NHL and MLB over the last 19 years

Originally selected by the Spurs as the first overall pick in the 1997 NBA Draft, Duncan helped San Antonio reach the playoffs in each of his 19 seasons and became the only player in league history to start and win a title in three different decades. The Silver and Black won at least 50 games the last 17 seasons, the longest streak in league history, and posted at least a .600 winning percentage in each of Duncan’s 19 seasons, an all-time record for most consecutive seasons with a .600 win percentage in the four major U.S. sports.

The 40-year-old Duncan comes off of a season in which he led the NBA in Defensive RPM (5.41) and became just the third player in league history to reach 1,000 career wins, as well as the only player to reach 1,000 wins with one team. He helped the Spurs to a franchise-best 67-15 record and also became one of two players in NBA history to record at least 26,000 points, 15,000 rebounds and 3,000 blocks in his career (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar).
Duncan totaled 15 All-NBA Team selections (tied for most all-time) and 15 NBA All-Defensive Team honors (most all-time), garnering both honors in the same season 15 times, the most in league history. The 1998 Rookie of the Year was named NBA MVP twice (2002, 2003) and NBA Finals MVP three times (1999, 2003 and 2005).

In his NBA career, the 15-time All-Star appeared in a total of 1,392 games and averaged 19.0 points, 10.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 2.17 blocks in 34.0 minutes. He shot .506 (10,285-20,334) from the floor and .696 (5,896-8,468) from the free throw line.
The Wake Forest graduate is the Spurs all-time NBA leader in total points (26,496), rebounds (15,091), blocked shots (3,020), minutes (47,368) and games played (1,392), as well as third in assists (4,225). In NBA history, Duncan is fifth all-time in double-doubles (841) and blocks, sixth in rebounding and 14th in scoring.
As the only player in NBA history to play over 9,000 career minutes in the playoffs, Duncan ranks first all-time in postseason double-doubles (164) and blocks (568), third in rebounds (2,859) and sixth in points (5,172). For his career, Duncan appeared in 251 postseason contests (second all-time) and averaged 20.6 points, 11.4 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 37.3 minutes while shooting .501 (1,975-3,939) from the field.

Along with teammates Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili, Duncan is part of the NBA record for most wins by a trio in both the regular season (575) and postseason (126). Duncan and Gregg Popovich have the most wins by a player-coach duo in NBA history (1,001) and the Spurs forward finishes his career in San Antonio as one of just three players in NBA history, along with John Stockton and Kobe Bryant, to spend 19 seasons with one franchise. — Spurs

Sunday, July 10, 2016

My Cousin Mary Ellen's Immaculate West Village Apartment in NYC

"Our love for Japanese design, and respect for it as a precursor to the midcentury aesthetic, came into the design of the radiator covers," architect and designer Suchi Reddy says. In the living room, a sofa by esteemed midcentury designer Milo Baughman joins a Bambi lounge chair by Norwegian designers Rolf Rastad and Adolf Relling. The pendant light is the Mori Leaf model from Rich Brilliant Willing. Architect Matthew Viederman designed new finishes for the floors, bathrooms, and kitchen. Reddy's team spearheaded the furniture selection as well as the millwork at the radiators.

725 Square Feet and Loads of Modern Gems

This compact New York City apartment is chock-full of vintage highlights.

The dining set was designed by midcentury Danish deisgner Hans Olsen. It's illuminated by a duo of Mori Gourd pendants, also by Rich Brilliant Willing.

This apartment in New York's West Village was refined by Reddymade Design for a couple based in Los Angeles. Located in a 1910 building that had been converted to a co-op in the late 1980s, the apartment is a compact 725 square feet.
A significant art piece by Dana Louise Kirkpatrick and Bernie Taupin anchors the living room.
The couple, an artist and a talent manager, live in a midcentury house on the West Coast, but maintain a second home in Manhattan. "They wanted us to make the apartment not just a pied-à-terre, but a home," principal Suchi Reddy says.
In the office, a 1950s desk by Paul McCobb is complemented by an Eames chair and the Boi desk lamp by David Weeks Studio. The lighted mirror is a piece called "Through the Looking Glass" by Earl Reiback.
"The clients' love for midcentury design, as well as their art collection, were major generators of the design concept," Reddy says. "Our approach became a careful selection and curation of one-of-a-kind pieces that we juxtaposed with their art."
The Simple Hi bed by Formstelle defines the bedroom, which also features a custom nightstand by Reddymade Design, Levo sconces by Cerno, a vintage Moroccan rug, and an Isamu Noguchi pendant.
The couple's collection includes works by Cecily Brown and Dana Louise Kirkpatrick, among others. — DWELL

The chair, by Danish designer Arne Hovmand-Olsen, was purchased through Wright. The dresser was sourced from Chairish.
Written by Allison Weiss | Photos by Ball & Albanese

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Kevin Durant — Sold On "Strength In Numbers"

‘Strength In Numbers’ convinced Kevin Durant to join Warriors

Full-court press by Curry, Thompson, Green, Iguodala, Kerr and Jerry West sealed the deal

Kevin Durant didn’t say a lot during his meeting with the Golden State Warriors last Friday. The NBA’s most coveted free agent, however, did have one particular question that he posed to the Warriors’ core of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green and Andre Iguodala while at a mansion in The Hamptons:
Could he mess up the Warriors’ team camaraderie and chemistry?
The very well-prepared Warriors collectively answered a question with a question and their team motto in mind.
“We asked him how many championships do you think we can win with the way the team is now? How many championships can you win without us? How many do you think we can win together?” Green told The Undefeated.
The Warriors’ motto through their 2015 NBA championship run and their devastating loss in the 2016 NBA Finals to LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers was “Strength In Numbers.” And it’s that mentality that certainly played a role in Durant offering early fireworks to the NBA world on the Fourth of July with news that he would be departing the Oklahoma City Thunder to join the already supremely talented Warriors.
The Warriors not only brought their core four players, but coach Steve Kerr, general manager Bob Myers, owner Joe Lacob and assistant general manager Kirk Lacob, too, to talk to Durant. Having been USA Basketball teammates with him, Curry and Iguodala were most confident and comfortable speaking to Durant from a players’ standpoint about what life as a Warrior would be like on the court for him. Green also said they sold Durant on “culture, dynasty and style of play” with a team that won an NBA-record 73 games last season without him.
It must not be forgotten that Durant strongly had previously said winning was most important to him in his free-agency decision and a friend said he had previously inquired about Bay Area life. The Warriors also told the 2014 NBA MVP that open 3-pointers were awaiting him in Golden State, along with all their other weapons. They added that unselfishness and a will to not just win, but to win championships, was waiting for him in Oakland, California, too. With Durant, perhaps these already score-thirsty Warriors could be even more imposing than Magic Johnson’s “Showtime Lakers” or Michael Jordan with the Chicago Bulls.
“We told him he didn’t have to change who he is. He doesn’t have to change how he plays. We will get him shots. If he shot 40 percent from 3-point line contested, how would he shoot wide open?” Green said.
The Warriors’ meeting with Durant lasted about two hours with the “main pitch” being winning championships together, Green said. Green added that he felt very good about that meeting since the vibe in the room was perfect with the right mix of voices. Even so, Curry apparently felt it necessary to send Durant a message hours after the meeting Friday night to reassure him about his commitment to “Strength In Numbers” and unselfishness.
According to a person who saw the text messages, Curry told Durant in a text message that he could care less about who is the face of the franchise, who gets the most recognition or who sells the most shoes (Curry is with Under Armor, Durant with Nike). The two-time NBA MVP also told Durant that if Durant won the MVP award again he would be in the front row of the press conference clapping for him. In closing, Curry’s message to Durant was that all he truly cared about was winning championships and he’d like to do that as his teammate.

To push the Warriors’ sales pitch even further, Durant got a phone call from Hall of Famer and Warriors consultant Jerry West on Saturday. West had previously convinced the now retired NBA superstar Shaquille O’Neal to join the Los Angeles Lakers in 1996. According to ESPN’s Chris Broussard, West told Durant that he would be the perfect fit for the Warriors at small forward and that West’s own 1-7 record in the NBA Finals with the Lakers still haunts him. Durant lost his lone NBA Finals appearance in 2012.
When asked what was the key to landing Durant, one high-ranking Warriors executive said: “Jerry West … Everyone telling [Durant] he’d be on equal footing. No stars.”
Green woke up on the Fourth of July liking the Warriors’ chances, but also would not have been surprised if Durant returned to Oklahoma City. Green, however, got the stunning word about Durant’s decision just “20 seconds before it went public” via a text message from his new teammate’s childhood friend and business manager, Charlie Bell. Less than a minute later, Green’s phone was wildly abuzz with congratulatory text messages.

The “Strength In Numbers” sales pitch worked as the Warriors’ immediately became next season’s championship favorite with Durant saying yes to their “brotherhood.”
“I’m excited about the opportunity to add one of the best players in the world to our team and welcome him to our brotherhood,” Green said. “This will be some of the best times of our lives and I’m looking forward to it.” — Marc J. Spears | The Undefeated

Friday, July 1, 2016

Polo Ralph Lauren Shoplifting Gang: "Bury Me With The Lo On" Book & New York Times Article

Bury Me With The Lo On

During the late-’80s, two groups of teenagers from neighboring areas of Brooklyn came together to form a boosting crew with a common goal — accumulate as much Polo Ralph Lauren as possible, by any means possible.

Known as the Lo Lifes, they dressed themselves in the finest garments stolen from every upper-class department store in the tri-state area, while living a reality that was the complete opposite of what Ralph Lauren represented.

To the authorities the Lo Lifes were criminals, but to themselves and people on the streets, their actions signified something else. They aspired to be something greater, and empowered themselves by taking something that wasn’t meant for them and making it their own.

For the past five years Lo Life founder Thirstin Howl the 3rd and photographer Tom Gould have been documenting this culture. Interviews, archival pictures, and recent portraits of key players make up the first-ever book recounting how a group of kids in Brooklyn went on to influence mainstream rap stars and birth a movement of boosters and collectors of Polo worldwide.



Bury Me With the Lo On, the first-ever book exploring how a group of kids from 1980s Brooklyn known as the Lo Lifes went on to influence mainstream rap stars and birth a worldwide movement of boosters and collectors of Polo.
The result of five years’ work between photographer Tom Gould and Lo Life founder Thirstin Howl the 3rdBury Me With the Lo On features never-seen-before archival pictures, recent portraits, and words from key Lo Life players and Polo collectors, shedding light on the worldwide subculture inspired by the garments of Ralph Lauren.
Limited first edition of 1,500 copies


A photo from the book “Bury Me With the Lo On,” a chronicle of the Brooklyn gang that had a Ralph Lauren Polo obsession. CreditTom Gould

The Gang That Brought High Fashion to Hip-Hop

Ever since the mid-1980s, Thirstin Howl the 3rd had been saving everything: every photo of him and his friends, dressed in head-to-toe Polo; every last mention of his gang, the Lo Lifes, in a media publication, large or small. The clothes, the accessories, the ephemera. Over the years, his life became a museum.
“I’ve been documenting this story without even knowing I was documenting,” he said recently, discussing the impending release of “Bury Me With the Lo On,” a thick, ostentatious and loving coffee-table book that captures the history of a certain subculture of Polo obsession, beginning with the Lo Lifes, the Brooklyn gang that he helped found that terrorized department stores from the mid-1980s to the early 1990s.
All of the blueprints for hip-hop’s current obsession with fashion are contained herein: the laserlike focus on brand, the lifestyle aspiration, the subversion. Today, the genre’s stars collaborate with high-fashion houses or create their own clothing lines. None of that would have been possible without the Lo Life blueprint.
The roots of hip-hop’s obsession with fashion can be traced back to the Lo Lifes.
Creditvia Thirstin Howl the 3rd
The Lo Lifes formed in 1988 from the union of two shoplifting crews from Brooklyn: Ralphie’s Kids from Crown Heights, and Polo U.S.A. from Brownsville.
Thirstin Howl the 3rd — or, as he was known back then, Big Vic Lo (his real name is Victor DeJesus) — became, later in life, one of the most visible members thanks to his rapping career, in which he always kept his dedication to Polo at the tip of his tongue. (The book takes its title from his song “The Polo Rican,” but it’s not only a lyrical euphemism: In the back of the book is a picture of one Lo Life member in his coffin, wearing a Polo ski sweater.)
“Bury Me” is made up of vintage photos, largely from the Thirstin Howl archive, and regal current-day portraits of Lo Lifes and Polo obsessives shot by Tom Gould, a young photographer from Auckland, New Zealand, who moved to New York in 2009 with an interest in hip-hop and graffiti and an urge to document the culture he had studied only from afar. He met Mr. DeJesus the following year.
Thirstin Howl the 3rd and Jesus, his son. CreditTom Gould
The result of this cross-generational collaboration is a lavishly designed book about lavish garments, worn lavishly. “That was the goal,” Mr. Gould said. “We wanted this book to be cherished and protected by the same people that love this culture and love these clothes.”
Indeed, one of the most striking aspects of this book is, in Mr. Gould’s portraits of Lo Life founders, how good the clothes themselves look, still department-store crisp despite two-plus decades of wear. Each member’s portrait is paired with vintage photos, as well as a first-person account of his relationship to the brand, often relating wild stories of teenage shoplifting.
And the book’s vintage photos are consistently thrilling, from the ones capturing parties where dozens of teenagers wore stolen Polo head to toe, to one Lo Life member’s grinning 1988 Bloomingdale’s security mug shot, which he stole from the store.
The Lo Lifes were formed in 1988 from the merger of two Brooklyn shoplifting gangs.
via Thirstin Howl the 3rd
All together, it makes for a potent folk history of capitalist sedition. In a time when Polo was being made for and marketed to the aspirational white middle class, some of the most rigorously sourced collections were sitting in closets in Brooklyn housing projects. (Given the Lo Lifes’ fraught historywith the Ralph Lauren company, the book comes with no official support from Ralph Lauren.)
“The first generation, it was straight ’hood,” Mr. DeJesus said. “It was criminal. You’d get robbed. You’d have to rob.” But by the mid-’90s, things were beginning to change. Polo had gained a foothold in hip-hop, and many Lo Lifes had died or were in prison. After completing the last of several prison stints in 1994, he went straight and brought his crew with him.
“Once we made that positive transition,” he said, shoplifting “was no longer a requirement in Lo Lifes.”
By then, a new generation of fanatics was emerging, though not stealing. “I started meeting people who were living the Lo Life culture,” Mr. DeJesus said. “They had so much more to offer than being gangster from the hood. They had talent, skill, resources: things the founders lacked, things we couldn’t acquire.”
A photo from “Bury Me With the Lo On.” CreditTom Gould

Initially there were tensions between the generations, but those have largely been quelled. Nowadays, the community comes together at Polo clothing conventions or annual events like the Lo Life BBQ in Brooklyn, or Lo Goose on the Deuce, a gathering in Times Square.
Mr. DeJesus isn’t the Polo obsessive he once was. (“I have children, so they ransacked my collection,” he said.) But he recently released a Lo Life clothing line, riffing on vintage Polo motifs.
“Bury Me” ends up as a vibrant capstone to a devoted life, though. It unites all the demographics: the boosters, the rappers, the collectors. “You have to respect the new generation and embrace them,” Mr. DeJesus said. “Without the new generation, you would just be a story of the past.” — Joe Carmanica | NY Times
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