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  • Canadian Soccer Star Quinn Discuss Stepping Out of Societal Norms + More

    After recently debuting its Shox Ride 2 Collaboration with Supreme, Nike has rolled out its newest episode of "The Future of Belonging," staring Canadian Soccer star Quinn, the Wayv Run Kollektiv in Berlin and GenderCool, a youth-led movement empowering trans and non-binary athletes. For its latest episode, global civil rights advocate Janaya Future Khan sat down with Olympic medalist and Canadian Soccer star Quinn to discuss stepping out of societal norms, the responsibilities that come with their platform as a trans athlete, and what the future holds for queer and trans youth in sport. "I see my gender is changing every single day, and I think that's like through self-exploration and through finding new confidence with going against like the stereotypes and boxes that society trying to put you in," the Canadian star said. Watch Nike's "The Future of Belonging," staring Quinn, the Wayv Run Kollektiv in Berlin and GenderCool above and check out "Ted's Bangkok Explores Thailand After Country Legalizes Marijuana" for more in lifestyle.

  • Ukraine's President Says "West Needs More Courage In Helping Ukraine Fight"

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy accused the West of lacking courage as his country fights to stave off Russia’s invasion, making an exasperated plea for fighter jets and tanks to sustain a defense in a conflict that has ground into a war of attrition. Speaking after U.S. President Joe Biden said in a lacerating speech that Russian President Vladimir Putin could not stay in power — words the White House immediately sought to downplay — Zelenskyy lashed out at the West’s “ping-pong about who and how should hand over jets” and other weapons while Russian missile attacks kill and trap civilians. “I’ve talked to the defenders of Mariupol today. I’m in constant contact with them. Their determination, heroism and firmness are astonishing,” Zelenskyy said in a video address early Sunday, referring to the besieged southern city that has suffered some of the war’s greatest deprivations and horrors. “If only those who have been thinking for 31 days on how to hand over dozens of jets and tanks had 1% of their courage.” Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, now in its 32nd day, has stalled in many areas, its aim to quickly encircle the capital, Kyiv, and force its surrender faltering in the face of staunch Ukrainian resistance — bolstered by weapons from the U.S. and other Western allies. Britain’s defense ministry said Russia’s troops looked to be trying to encircle Ukrainian forces directly facing the two separatist-held areas in the country’s east. That would cut the bulk of Ukraine’s military off from the rest of the country. Moscow claims its focus is on wresting from Ukraine the entirety of the eastern Donbas region, which has been partially controlled by Russia-backed separatists since 2014. A high-ranking Russian military official said Friday that troops were being redirected to the east from other parts of the country. The leader of one of the separatist-controlled areas of Donbas said Sunday that he wants to hold a vote on joining Russia, words that could indicate a shift in Russia’s position. Leonid Pasechnik, the head of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic, said it plans to hold a referendum on becoming part of Russia “in the nearest time.” Russia has supported the separatist rebels in Luhansk and neighboring Donetsk since an insurgency erupted there in 2014, shortly after Moscow annexed the Crimean Peninsula from Ukraine. In talks with Ukraine so far, Moscow has urged Kyiv to acknowledge the independence of Donetsk and Luhansk. Ukraine says that to defeat Russia, it needs fighter jets and not just the missiles and other defensive weapons supplied so far by the West. A proposal to transfer Polish planes to Ukraine via the United States was scrapped amid NATO concerns about getting drawn into a military conflict with Russia. In his pointed remarks, Zelenskyy accused Western governments of being “afraid to prevent this tragedy. Afraid to simply make a decision.” “So, who is in charge of the Euro-Atlantic community? Is it still Moscow, thanks to its scare tactics?” he said. “Our partners must step up their aid to Ukraine.” His plea was echoed by a priest in the western city of Lviv, which was struck by rockets on Saturday. The aerial assault illustrated that Moscow, despite recent assertions that it intends to shift the war eastward, is willing to strike anywhere in Ukraine. “When diplomacy doesn’t work, we need military support,” said the Rev. Yuri Vaskiv, who on Sunday reported fewer parishioners than usual in the pews of his Greek Catholic church, likely because of their fear. Referring to Putin, he said: “This evil is from him, and we must stop it.” Russian Defense Ministry spokesman Maj. Gen. Igor Konashenkov confirmed that Russian forces used air-launched cruise missiles to hit a fuel depot and a defense plant in Lyiv. Konashenkov said another strike with sea-launched missiles destroyed a depot with air defense missiles in Plesetske just west of Ukraine’s capital, Kyiv. The strikes came as Biden wrapped up a visit to Poland, where he met Ukraine’s foreign and defense ministers, visited U.S. troops and saw refugees from the war. Before leaving, he delivered a forceful and highly personal condemnation of Russian President Vladimir Putin, saying: “For God’s sake, this man cannot remain in power.” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov denounced the remark, saying “It’s not up to the president of the U.S. and not up to the Americans to decide who will remain in power in Russia.” U.S. officials quickly stressed that Biden was not calling for an immediate change in government in Moscow. “We do not have a strategy of regime change in Russia, or anywhere else, for that matter,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said during a visit to Israel. “In this case, as in any case, it’s up to the people of the country in question. It’s up to the Russian people.” A chemical smell still lingered in the air on Sunday as firefighters in Lviv, about 45 miles (72 kilometers) from the Polish border, trained hoses on flames and black smoke pouring from oil storage tanks hit in the Russian attack. A security guard at the site, Yaroslav Prokopiv, said he saw three rockets strike and destroy two oil tanks but no one was hurt. “The third strike threw me to the ground,” he said. Russia’s back-to-back airstrikes shook the city that has become a haven for an estimated 200,000 people who have fled bombarded towns and cities. Lviv, which has largely been spared bombardment, also has been a way-station for most of the 3.8 million refugees have left Ukraine since Russia invaded on Feb. 24. In the dim, crowded bomb shelter under an apartment block a short way from the first blast site, Olana Ukrainets, a 34-year-old IT professional, said she couldn’t believe she had to hide again after fleeing from the northeastern city of Kharkiv, one of the most bombarded cities of the war. “We were on one side of the street and saw it on the other side,” she said. “We saw fire. I said to my friend, ‘What’s this?’ Then we heard the sound of an explosion and glass breaking..” In his video address, Zelenskyy angrily warned Moscow that it was sowing a deep hatred for Russia among the Ukrainian people, as constant artillery barrages and aerial bombings are reducing cities to rubble, killing civilians and driving others into shelters, leaving them to scrounge for food and water to survive. “You are doing everything so that our people themselves leave the Russian language, because the Russian language will now be associated only with you, with your explosions and murders, your crimes,” Zelenskyy said. A nuclear research facility in Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second-largest city, again came under fire Saturday. Ukraine’s nuclear watchdog said that because of ongoing hostilities it was impossible to assess the extent of the damage. Kharkiv, which is close to the Russian border, has been besieged by Russian forces since the start of the invasion and has come under repeated shelling that has hit residential buildings and critical infrastructure. Ukrainian authorities have previously reported that Russian shelling had damaged buildings at the facility, but there had been no release of radiation. The International Atomic Energy Agency has said the nuclear material in the facility is always subcritical and the inventory of radioactive material is very low, reducing the risks of radiation release. Along with the 3.8 million people who have fled Ukraine, the invasion has driven more than 10 million people from their homes, almost a quarter of Ukraine’s population. Thousands of civilians are believed to have been killed. Disruption caused by the conflict, and the West’s far-reaching sanctions on Russia, has also driven up food and energy prices around the world. Kristalina Georgieva, managing director of the International Monetary Fund, warned that the burden would be borne by the poorest — and that, in turn, could spark unrest. “When prices jump, and poor people cannot feed their families, they will be on the streets,” she said. “One thing we know about trouble in one place, it travels, it doesn’t stay there.”

  • Adsum's Classics Collection Is Nothing But Bonafide Essentials

    Fresh from the release of its Spring/Summer 2022 collection, Brooklyn-based label Adsum has journeyed across the Atlantic to the city of London to showcase its forthcoming Classics collection. Captured by UK-based photographer Milo Black, the collection — which comprises a selection of essential seasonal staples — arrives in an array of colorways borrowed from the aforementioned Spring collection, as well as previewing shades that are set to be used later this year, too. Hoodies, crewnecks, snap front sweaters and tees make welcomed returns, alongside archetypal Adsum pieces like Bank Pants and overdyed logo hats, which have featured since the brand’s first few seasons. As always, comfort is key for Adsum, which is why they’ve reintroduced their classic sweatpants in “Golden Moss”, “Lemongrass”, “Ash Heather Grey” and “Dark Navy”, and included a large side panel rib, elastic drawstring waist and interior stash pocket on each. Take a look at the lookbook in the slideshow above, and shop the Classics collection via the Adsum webstore from March 17, 11am EST.

  • Rapper Snootie Wild Confirmed Dead at 36

    Snootie Wild is the latest rapper to lose his life to gun violence. The tragedy was confirmed Saturday night on the CMG artist’s verified Instagram page: “Gone in body, but your NAME & LEGACY will live forever!” the caption read. “💙 #TeamYayo4Life💯.” ABC 13 reports that a man was found shot in the neck early Friday in the south side region of Houston. Authorities say they received reports about gunfire at around 2 a.m. along England Street, where they discovered a man in a ditch next to an SUV. A man had sustained a gunshot wound to the neck, and was transferred to a hospital in critical condition. Despite rumors, Snootie, real name LePreston Porter, was not confirmed dead after the news broke. His official Facebook account shared a message that he was “fighting for his life.” “Snootie is not DEAD! But he is fighting for his life. Out of respect for the family, please refrain from sharing anything that is not communicated through his official accounts. Thank you.” According to ABC 13, a neighbor captured the shooting on video, which authorities are now reviewing. “It looks like he backed in there (the ditch) accidentally,” Houston Police Department Lt. R. Willkens said. “Then the other vehicle pulled up, and folks got out of the car. They were talking for a little bit, and then all of a sudden, gunfire went off. Only one shot, actually.” It’s unclear if the HPD has identified any suspects. News of Snootie’s death comes more than three months after his fellow Memphis rapper Young Dolph was shot and killed.

  • Big Yavo Delivers "No Pen 2" Single And Official Music Video

    After releasing his highly anticipated 'Like Yay' tape, a follow up to last summer's 'On God ll' project, Alabama rapper Big Yavo returns with his music visual "No Pen 2." Clocking in at just a little over two minutes, the newly released visual captures Big Yavo and his gang inside one of Alabama's iconic corner store, Ensley Place Food Mart, as the 21 year old artist delivers a showcasing stack of bars. Acting as a follow up to last summer's 'No Pen' track which debuted on the artist's 'On God ll' tape, Yavo continues to show consistency throughout his newly launched music career with his impressive creativity and deliverance. Watch Big Yavo's 'No Pen 2' official music video above and stream the 'Like Yay' project on Apple Music and Spotify below.

  • Meet 'Big John': World's Largest Triceratops for Sale in Paris

    A Paris auction house will seek to sell in October the world's biggest known example of the dinosaur triceratops, known as "Big John", with the spectacular skeleton on show to the public beforehand, organisers said Tuesday. The triceratops is among the most distinctive of dinosaurs due to the three horns on its head -- one at the nose and two on the forehead -- that give the dinosaur its Latin name. "Big John" is the largest known surviving example, 66 million years old and with a skeleton some eight metres long. It will be on display starting October 18 at the Drouot auction house in Paris, where it will be offered by the specialist auctioneers Giquello on October 21. It is estimated that it will sell at 1.2 to 1.5 million euros ($1.4-$1.8 million), though dinosaur auction sales have proved very unpredicable in the past. The dinosaur has an export licence and there are a dozen possible buyers, said Alexandre Giquello of the Giquello house. The two-metre-wide skull, some 200 bones and large horns of the animal were being assembled Tuesday behind the windows of a Drouot exhibition gallery in central Paris. A unique specimen with the skeleton more than 60-percent complete -- including 75 percent for the skull -- Big John was discovered in 2014 in the US state of South Dakota by geologist Walter W. Stein Bill. Its restoration was carried out in Trieste in Italy. This sale comes amid continued enthusiasm for dinosaur skeletons, with prices often reaching records that leave public museums and research centres unable to outbid private buyers. In October, a rare allosaurus skeleton, one of the oldest dinosaurs, was auctioned in Paris to an anonymous bidder for over three million euros, twice its estimate. A few weeks before, a 67-million-year-old T-Rex skeleton was sold in New York for $31.8 million, smashing records for a dinosaur and far surpassing an estimate of $6 to $8 million. In 2020, however, several dinosaurs offered in Paris did not find takers after minimum prices were not reached.

  • Start a New Life As a Hobbit in This Green Dome Home

    Fans of "The Hobbit" book or movies will love living in this house. A French company based in the southwestern Hautes-Pyrénées region is offering houses that are partially buried underground, and which do not require heating or air conditioning. That's it, you're moving. But not just anywhere. To a NaturaDome house to live like a Hobbit. Because while this original, half-buried house reveals a semicircular entrance, the rest of the construction is topped by a kind of green, landscaped layer that blends seamlessly into the surrounding environment. Besides the aesthetic aspect of this architectural choice, it also proves advantageous for insulation. The house does not need to be heated in winter because the earth insulates it from the cold. And in summer, it stays cool thanks to evapotranspiration -- the organic upper canopy breathes by itself. This house was dreamed up by Benoît Darré. In 2014, this former construction industry chief created this ecological house, which promises low energy consumption and is inexpensive to build. His NaturaDream company offers an entry-level house at €1,385 per square meter, (approx. $1,640) which is less than conventional constructions. The house is fully modular in its interior and exterior layouts. Options include the exterior cladding, grassing over the entire plot, a landscaped garden or even a spa bathroom, a steam room or an indoor pool. You can even opt for a window in the domed roof -- perfect for stargazing.

  • Watch 'The Best Kobe Stories' Full Documentary

    A full length documentary unveiling the huge impact of Kobe Bryant and his legacy through inspirational stories from some of today's top NBA players. Kobe Bryant was an American professional basketball player. As a shooting guard, Bryant entered the National Basketball Association NBA directly from high school, and played his entire 20-season professional career in the league with the Los Angeles Lakers. Bryant won many accolades: five NBA championships, 18-time All-Star, 15-time member of the All-NBA Team, 12-time member of the All-Defensive Team, 2008 NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), two-time NBA Finals MVP winner. Widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, he led the NBA in scoring during two seasons, ranks fourth on the league's all-time regular season scoring and all-time postseason scoring lists. Bryant was the son of former NBA player Joe Bryant. He attended Lower Merion High School in Pennsylvania, where he was recognized as the top high-school basketball player in the country. Upon graduation, he declared for the 1996 NBA draft and was selected by the Charlotte Hornets with the 13th overall pick; the Hornets then traded him to the Lakers. As a rookie, Bryant earned himself a reputation as a high-flyer and a fan favorite by winning the 1997 Slam Dunk Contest, and he was named an All-Star by his second season. Despite a feud with teammate Shaquille O'Neal, the pair led the Lakers to three consecutive NBA championships from 2000 to 2002. In 2003, Bryant was accused of sexual assault by a 19-year-old hotel clerk. Criminal charges were brought and then dropped after the accuser refused to testify, with a civil suit later settled out of court. Bryant denied the assault charge but admitted to a sexual encounter, and issued a public apology, but the allegations were considered to have harmed his public profile and led to the loss of several sponsorships. After the Lakers lost the 2004 NBA Finals, O'Neal was traded and Bryant became the cornerstone of the Lakers. He led the NBA in scoring during the 2005–06 and 2006–07 seasons. In 2006, he scored a career-high 81 points; the second most points scored in a single game in league history, behind Wilt Chamberlain's 100-point game in 1962. Bryant led the team to two consecutive championships in 2009 and 2010, and was named NBA Finals MVP on both occasions. He continued to be among the top players in the league through 2013, when he suffered a torn Achilles tendon at age 34. Although he recovered from that injury, he suffered season-ending injuries to his knee and shoulder, respectively, in the following two seasons. Citing his physical decline, Bryant retired after the 2015–16 season. At 34 years and 104 days of age, Bryant became the youngest player in league history to reach 30,000 career points. He became the all-time leading scorer in Lakers franchise history on February 1, 2010, surpassing Jerry West. Bryant was also the first guard in NBA history to play at least 20 seasons. His 18 All-Star designations are the second most all time, while it is the record for most consecutive appearances as a starter. Bryant's four All-Star MVP Awards are tied with Bob Pettit for the most in NBA history. He gave himself the nickname "Black Mamba" in the mid-2000s, and the epithet became widely adopted by the general public. At the 2008 and 2012 Summer Olympics, he won two gold medals as a member of the U.S. national team. In 2018, he won the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film for his 2017 film Dear Basketball. Watch 'The Best Kobe Stories' documentary above and let us know in comments who you'd like to see next.

  • EA Sports Announce Official Unveiling Of Madden 22 Cover Art

    EA Sports has officially announced it will unveil the cover art of its highly anticipated video game,NFL Madden 22, Thursday June 17 at 10 ET. Madden 22 has been building hype quietly for weeks, but things just got real as EA Sports dropped a teaser, and for those digging deeper, it could allude to Peyton Manning. Little is clear just yet, but EA Sports signaled a major Madden 22 announcement is coming in just a few hours and the focus is on this year's cover athlete. The first Madden 22 reveal has been teased, and it looks like it will be the cover star(s). Peep the Twitter teaser and announcement below.

  • Watch the Opening Ceremony for Disney's New Avengers Campus in California

    Almost two years after its initial announcement, the highly-anticipated Avengers Campus is finally opening at Disney California Adventure Park. Hosting an opening ceremony for the new theme park attraction on Wednesday (June 2), Disney and Marvel brought in a team of Avengers to celebrate the occasion, along with Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige himself and guest appearances from Ant-Man‘s Paul Rudd, Iron Man director Jon Favreau, and the new Captain America, Anthony Mackie. As for the campus itself, both Spider-Man and Iron Man will kickstart the party alongside Doctor Strange, Ant-Man and the Wasp, and General Okoye, who’ll lead her Dora Milaje warriors. The park places great emphasis on visitor interactions with the rides and shows, allowing them to influence how different experiences will play out. For example, a new Spider-Man ride will allow fans to sling webs via their own web-shooters in order to control an outburst of self-replicating robot spiders, while Doctor Strange will employ the help of the audience during his magic show to open up a portal and create a shield around the campus. Of course, there’ll also be more heroes joining shortly: Black Widow will take on Taskmaster in an action-packed show next month, no doubt to build anticipation for her upcoming standalone film. For those hoping to visit, the Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure Park is opening today. Originally reported by: HYPEBEAST

  • Ebhoni Delivers New Melodic Single “Rep It”

    Unfiltered and unapologetic, 21-year-old Toronto-born singer and songwriter Ebhoni shares her latest single “Rep It” out today. “Rep It” sees the songstress take a shift towards darker, auto-tuned production while still capturing the assuredly frank pop sensibility that sees her more comfortable in her own skin than ever before. Framing the dissolution of a relationship that never was, her viscerally honest lyrics (“could have been you / would have been you / nice to know you”) are a candid complement to the track that generates an emotional resonance beyond it’s barely two-minute run time. A product of both faded nighttime and the melancholic reflection of the morning after, Ebhoni’s matter-of-fact verses remain in the same harshly ephemeral gleam that highlights her own personal heartbreak into an evocative anecdote that feels both universally relatable and unexpectedly transcendent. “These last few months have been what felt the dark