KOBE CELEBRATES CHINESE CULTURE w/ YEAR OF THE DRAGON SHOE RELEASE

It has been well documented that Kobe is a big deal in China (among other places) so it comes as no surprise that Nike would include his signature shoe in their “Year of the Dragon” collection.  Tomorrow these shoes are to drop in China but contrary to rumor they will not release in the United States until March 31st (some sources say there will be no U.S. release).  It makes sense for there to be a Chinese themed shoe for Kobe but the real question is are the shoe heads interested in the shoe because of it’s cultural context or because of it’s limited edition mystique?  Is it cultural exposure or exploitation?  More pics after the jump.

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SPLINTERS [MOVIE TRAILER]

Shortly after seeing that video on Made “Garut” Widiarta, we came across this trailer for a documentary in the developing nation of Papau New Guinea and it’s evolving indigenous surf culture. Pretty intense, take a look. For more info on the film go here.

DID YOU KNOW? : KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR IS OUR CULTURAL AMBASSADOR [VIDEO]

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This happened back in January but it doesn’t hurt to keep spreading the word to those who had no idea.  Check out the video with Clinton naming him Cultural Ambassador of the United States.  Last month he was in Brazil to talk to underprivileged youth about “the importance of education, racial tolerance, and sports as a tool for empowerment.” [Source]

KONY 2012 by INVISIBLE CHILDREN [VIDEO]

There has been plenty of debate, talk and emotion expressed over the last 24 hours in regards to this topic.  What are your thoughts on this?

 

A DAY IN THE LIFE WITH THE AIRPLANE BOYS via HIGHSNOBIETY TV [VIDEO]

On the newest episode of HighSnobiety TV the Toronto duo The Airplane Boys are featured.  The video piece  shows the two childhood friends and how their upbringing in Canada has raised them and influenced their music.  Toronto’s melting pot of cultures seems to be breeding artists that are creating sounds that blend various musical genres, it’s pretty interesting to see.  This is a dope piece so make sure to check it out.  Don’t forget that The Airplane Boys will be performing at The Vibe House at SXSW that we’ll be covering.

African Americans are the Chinese Youth’s New Role Models!!!

Found an interesting article on how Kobe is not only a successful brand in China but has also become an role model for the youth to look up to off the court.  The article talks about how Kobe was the main attraction at the Beijing Olympics even when he was just a spectator.  Because of his charity work, especially with a particular Sichuan earthquake victim, Kobe has been heralded for his generosity by the Chinese media and is even referred to as “Uncle Kobe”.  It’s pretty interesting to see an African-American male (who also spent part of his time in Italy) cross not only international lines but racial ones as well to become a hero for China’s contemporary youth culture.

10 MOST BIZARRE RESTAURANTS

Today we look at some of the most bizarre restaurants all over the world.  It’s not really the food items that make it bizarre but more so the themes.  You can eat out of a toilet, underwater, in the sky or go as far as indulging your cannibalistic fantasies.  Yeah, we definitely just said that.  Hit the jump to get all the details.

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