ONTARIO, CANADA GREENLIGHTS BROTHELS…?

They didn’t necessarily legalize prostitution but this is interesting as the argument is by banning brothels, Canada makes it more dangerous for prostitutes who would be forced to work the streets.  With the new decision they can now hire security to protect the “workers” yet communicating for purposes of prostitution is still illegal.  An appeal for the case is likely yet will take at least a year to be worked out. [Source]

#VIBEHOUSESXSW VIDEO RECAPS

Cashmere Agency Powers #VibeHouseSXSW 2012 – All Hip-Hop Breeding Ground Showcase from Cashmere Agency on Vimeo.

Cashmere Agency Powers #VibeHouseSXSW 2012 – #RespectTheWest Showcase from Cashmere Agency on Vimeo.

Here are the video recaps from the two showcases we presented at The VIBE House for SXSW, courtesy of our friends over at Cashmere Agency.  Take a look to see the range of artists we had on both nights from such as Snoop Dogg, Nipsey Hussle and Kendrick Lamar to Rocky Rivera, Alexander Spit and The Airplane Boys.  The venue was packed both nights and there was crazy energy on every floor.  For more footage of the show you can watch the recorded broadcasts at Livestream.

JEREMY LIN COVERS SLAM MAGAZINE w/ RICKY RUBIO & KEVIN LOVE

We’ve all seen the Jeremy Lin story whether we’re die hard basketball fans or not.  We’ve seen the good and bad sides to the acceptance of Jeremy Lin in the NBA and the questions it has raised, both on and off the court.  Well no matter your feelings, Lin has graced the cover of SLAM as the first Asian-American to do so.  On top of that he’s wearing a Knick uniform, which represents the city many regard as the basketball Mecca of the world.  The discussions that can start from this cover alone are endless.  For the same issue there is an alternate cover featuring Minnesota Timberwolves Kevin Love (a descendant of the Beach Boys) and Ricky Rubio (the rookie sensation from Spain) in a very hip-hop styled presentation.  If you’ve been reading the magazine for a long time you recognize the iconic cover this is inspired by.  Though SLAM isn’t a hip-hop publication, it’s angle is more urban than a Sports Illustrated.  It’s interesting to see these players grace the cover and how it’s presented overall.

 

CHINA OVERTAKES U.S. in iOS & ANDROID ACTIVATIONS

A study brought out some interesting growth numbers with the use of smartphones in China compared to the United States:

When it comes to smartphone activations, the U.S. is no longer the biggest player out there.

Researcher Flurry is reporting that sometime in February, activations for iOS and Android devices in China overtook the U.S. The switch shows some amazing momentum for China if you consider that in January 2011, the U.S. accounted for 28% of the world’s total iOS and Android activations. China claimed just 8% at the time. In March, Flurry projects that China will account for 24% of such activations vs. 21% for the U.S. – Mashable

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ROBIN THICKE – LOVE AFTER WAR [MUSIC VIDEO]

We know that Robin Thicke released a new video with Lil Wayne recently but we can’t seem to stop watching his last video. The video is for the title track off the album Love After War; in stores now.  The video stars him and his wife Paula Patton.

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY?

Today is definitely that day on the calendar…BUT has this generation lost the historical context of this holiday?  Is this generation using the day as an excuse to get highly intoxicated?  What are your thoughts?

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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