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Brand Profile: Sabit

Sabit, which is the Japanese term for “the best part of a song” or “the hook,” is a premium Japanese street wear collection. Designer Shoichi Amemiya, previously the director of outerwear at Ecko, launched Sabit in 2006. In the first season, MR magazine dubbed the brand as “Editor’s Best of Fall 06,” describing it as… Read more »

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Fashion: The Boyfriend Jean

Ladies, one of the hottest trends this spring is the “boyfriend jean”.   Various celebs have been spotted in this look, such as trendsetters Katie Holmes and Lindsay Lohan.       Katie Holmes Gwen Stefani Rachel Bilson To achieve this laid back effortless look, get yourself a pair of slightly baggy straight leg jeans,… Read more »

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Trend Alert: The Romper

When you hear the word “romper“, you may picture those cute little onesies that are made for babies. But this spring, women have a chance to rock these fabulous pieces while looking quite grown and sexy. The hottest pieces right now are in lightweight fabrics like denim, silk, satin and more, with slightly baggy fits…. Read more »

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Celeb Style: Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne‘s music career hit an all time high this year with eight Grammy Award nominations, four of which he won. However, the rapper-turned-pop star has begun to attract a different set of eyes for a different reason. The rapper’s sense of style has often become a talking point of his fans and peers. There… Read more »

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Alador & Smith: Blinding Haters In Style

Alador & Smith was founded by two New York natives, Pascal Alouidor and Derek Smith. Within months after debuting the collection at Las Vegas’ MAGIC trade show in 2006, it was featured in XXL, Entertainment Weekly, and Source magazine among others. The collection has a gritty street feel, with clever messages like “Fix your Face”… Read more »

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Game Review: Resident Evil 5

  Developer/Publisher: CapcomPlatform: XBOX 360   Players: 1-2(Co-op/Online)Release Date: 3/13/09   Rating: B+   Capcom has been known over the years for the break-out success of one of its top franchises, the Resident Evil series. Known for its terrifying and gory fun, the series garnered a following because of its ability to keep players on… Read more »

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When Athletes Rap: Epic Fails & Wins

The modern athlete and Hip-Hop go together like OJ Simpson and gloves. Consequently, there is quite a lot of cross-pollination between the two. The only thing is, rappers cannot typically cross over into sports due to the extreme physicality associated with athletics. Then there is the other side – sports men that attempt to rap…. Read more »

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50 Cent: Blood On The Sand (Game Review)

  Developer/Publisher: Swordfish/THQPlatform: XBOX 360   Players: 1-2(Online)Release Date: 2/24/09   Rating: C   With the massive popularity of Curtis Jackson’s Rap persona, it is no surprise his brand has transcended past music onto clothing, movies, television, and beverages. In 2005, 50 Cent took his Southside Queens hustle to a platform Hip-Hop has often failed… Read more »

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Knockout Nation: Barrera-Khan, Kirkland Reigns Supreme, Hopkins’ Move Up, Mayweather’s Comeback, Pipino Cuevas

Barrera: “I am not your stepping stone.” Today (March 14), Mexican legend Marco Antonio Barrera (65-6, 43 KOs) is on a mission to prove that he’s still an elite fighter. The test comes in the form of young British sensation Amir Khan (19-1, 15 KOs), who’ll face the cagey veteran in the toughest bout of his… Read more »

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Game Review: Street Fighter IV

Developer/Publisher: CapcomPlatform: XBOX 360   Players: 1-2Release Date: 2/17/09   Rating: A-   It’s been nearly twelve years since Street Fighter III. After two subsequent installments and die-hard Street Fighter fans questioning Capcom about the next title, the company finally decided it was about time to give us what we wanted. Despite the fact that… Read more »

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KNOCKOUT NATION:Marquez Dissects Diaz, Adamek Shines, Mayweather Demands, Mike McCallum

Marquez Weathers Storm to Stop Diaz in Nine Juan Manuel Marquez (50-4-1, 37 KOs) may be reaching the twilight of his illustrious career, but the veteran technician proved on Saturday (February 28) he still has much left in the tank. Before a raucous crowd, Marquez stopped a relentless Juan “Baby Bull” Diaz (34-2, 17 KOs)… Read more »

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Zab Judah: From Boxing To A Musical Knockout

Zab Judah’s extensive melees as a champion should lead him to The International Boxing Hall of Fame when he decides to retire, but the celebrity fighter is equally determined to conquer another arena of entertainment. The Brooklyn native anticipates knocking the sagging music industry with a sly counter punch before he steps out of the… Read more »

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Game Review: Grand Theft Auto IV “The Lost And Damned”

  Developer/Publisher: Rockstar NorthPlatform: XBOX 360 (Exclusive) Players: 1-16 (Online)Release Date: 2/17/09 Rating: A-   Grand Theft Auto IV The Lost And Damned (Rockstar North) is a downloadable episode developed exclusively for the Xbox 360 gaming console. While it may not break as much ground as its predecessor, this expansion pack gives GTA IV new… Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: Friday The 13th

The hockey mask wearing serial killer Jason Voorhees is back in the latest Friday the 13th film.   However this is not just another installment in the Friday the 13th film series but a complete reworking of the storyline. The film keeps many elements of the original series, while at the same time being surprising… Read more »

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Knockout Nation: Calzaghe Retires! Darchinyan Breaks Arce, Margarito Hearing, HBO B.A.D. 2/14, Ingemar Johansson

Darychinyan Scores Dominant 11th Round TKO For over 3 years, Vic Darchinyan has promised to destroy Jorge Arce. On Saturday (February 7), he delivered. In front of a mostly pro-Mexican crowd, unified super flyweight champion Vic Darchinyan (32-1-1, 26 KOs) retained his crown with a brutal TKO corner stoppage of Jorge Arce (51-5-1, 39 KOs)…. Read more »

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Winter NAMM:Tricky Brings Out Great New Gear & More

Despite a struggling economy that has mercilessly hit all sides of the music industry, from magazines to music stores, the 2009 winter NAMM show brought close to 86,000 attendees to the Anaheim Convention Center on January 14 – 18, and plenty of new gear was on display.       Whether your preference is songwriting, performing, DJ’ing… Read more »

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Knockout Nation: Mosley Destroys Margarito! Margarito a Cheater? Mayweather Downplays Pacquiao/Ali, Jose Torres

Mosley Shocks Margarito In Dominating TKO Win If you ever doubted Shane Mosley’s merits for wearing the “Sugar” moniker, that skepticism was dispelled this past Saturday (January 25). With shocking ease, Shane Mosley outpunched, outboxed, bullied, and grinded down Antonio Margarito to secure his second welterweight title. With a divorce and the BALCO fallout laboring… Read more »

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KNOCKOUT NATION:Berto Escapes War, Margarito-Mosley Tonight! Cotto Wants Revenge, Archie Moore

Berto Beats Collazo in Barnburner With his back against the wall, undefeated WBC champ Andre Berto (24-0, 19 KOs) dug deep to escape with a controversial decision win over tough contender Luis Collazo (29-4, 14 KOs) this past Saturday (January 17). A feel out first round was broke wide open when Brooklyn’s Collazo stunned Berto… Read more »

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Amare Stoudemire: All-Star Pimpin

Over the years, the NBA machine has become the undisputed master at marketing its players as superstars. In the post Magic/Bird era, and following the rise of Air Jordan we’ve seen many  campaigns designed to get you to believe the hype.Now in the global recession, the NBA is spending more ad money on showing players… Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: Notorious

Recounting the life of a legendary MC twelve years past his death is a daunting task. Especially when the details of his death are so unclear that the book is still wide open. However, Fox Searchlight took the initiative to release Hip-Hop’s first bipioc Notorious – a film that may skim the surface of a… Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Wrestler

Starring Mickey Rourke and Marisa Tomei Directed by Darren Aronofsky Written by Robert D. Siegel   Picture this: You are blessed with a rare talent, ability, or skill.  That skill brings you fortune and fame beyond your wildest dreams. You are adored by millions.  Then, one day, it’s all over.  You find yourself working a… Read more »

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GADGET REVIEW: Zune 16GB

This season, Microsoft has released a new update to the Zune music and video player, combining the best of the older models with a sleek interface and new connectivity options to make the most of the Zune store. The 16GB model we test drove is a good balance of capacity versus price, but the new… Read more »

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SET IT OFF: Notorious

The legacy you leave is not measured in possessions you have when you expire.  It’s not measured by the things you did, but by the effect that you had on the people who loved you and how different the world is for you being there.   Christopher Wallace was an amazing individual whose words altered… Read more »

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Knockout Nation: Holyfield Robbed? Pac-Hatton for May09? Haye-V. Klitschko, Ken Norton

Holyfield Loses Bid for Fifth World Title Lumbering behemoth Nikolai Valuev earned a controversial, unpopular majority decision against a game Evander Holyfield this past Saturday to retain his WBA title. The listless fight saw Holyfield take command in the early rounds by the use of his overhand left. Valuev remained tentative, simply throwing feeler jabs… Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: Gran Torino

Clint Eastwood plays widower and Korean war veteran Walt Kowalski, a grim soul and general curmudgeon whom even his family can’t stand.  He’s also a bigot who seemingly hates everything about the modern world.  He lives in a neighborhood that is populated by several Hmong families.      When a Hmong teenager named Tao (Bee… Read more »

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MOVIE REVIEW: Punisher War Zone

Someone finally did it.  Someone finally gave us a Punisher movie worth watching.  In a year that has already given us more than a few quality comic-book movies, Punisher: War Zone is an unexpected treat. After the horrible  Dolph Lundergren version and the PG-13 Thomas Jane vehicle, Punisher: War Zone feels like a shot of… Read more »

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KNOCKOUT NATION:Hatton Destroys Malignaggi, “Pretty Boy” Margarito Emerges, Haye, Alexis Arguello

Paulie Malignaggi (25-2, 5 KOs) found his lack of power a fatal flaw this past Saturday November 22 in Las Vegas, as junior welterweight champ Ricky Hatton (45-1, 32 KOs) overwhelmed the Brooklynite to a merciful 11th round TKO. After a feel out first round where Malignaggi attempted to enact Mayweather’s successful counterpunch strategy from… Read more »

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