Saturday, August 13, 2011
There’s nothing like beating a dead horse deader. This is the perfect analogy to explain the Austin Powers films from the late 90’s early 00’s. It was just announced that the Canadian star (Mike Meyers) has signed on to star in the 4th edition of the series, whose director has yet to be named but is assumed to be maestro behind the previous 3, Jay Roach. The 4th installment will be the first since 2002 and is slated to drop sometime in 2013. Are you happy about this or sad? Personally I don’t care, I’m just happy to see Myers is still able to get work after a flop as legendary as The Love Guru.
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
Although not necessarily a new product, I just became acquainted with the odd coolness of the Vibram Footwear brand. The running and recreational shoe brand turned over a new leaf in terms of fit and purpose with the introduction of their industry bastard child, the FiveFinger. Where other brands stick to the stat quo and social norms of shoe design, Vibram has moved outside the box and figuratively speaking, burned it when they were done with it.
The company Vibram S.P.A is no newcomer to the fine shoe market. The company’s founder, Vitale Bramani, patented the infamous Vibram sole in the late 1930's after a tragedy struck a nerve inside Vitale. Six of his friends died in the Italian Alps due to faulty footwear, this is the root of the innovative thinking and policy that has made the innovative brand so successful for recreational footwear. The FiveFinger was introduced in 2007 and has skyrocketed in popularity ever since.
They now have full lines of the shoe in Men’s, Women’s and Kid’s in various styles and purpose. Not only built for superior comfort, the FiveFinger actually improves overall foot health claiming that their revolutionary design makes feet healthier “by allowing them to move more naturally and freely.” They accomplish this by building the shoe to cater to all 26 bones, 33 joints, 20 muscles and hundreds of sensory receptors, tendons and ligaments inside the human foot by giving the shoe a more glove-like fit.
A very unique fashion statement and environment for your feet to wander the trails in. Ranging in price anywhere from $80 to over $100, the Vibram FiveFinger is similarly priced to the drab and very inside-the-box competition such as New Balance or Nike. Although I can’t say you’ll see me with a pair of these at a nightclub or social gathering, you will see a pair in my house so I can see what 5 Star footwear feels like on the foot every once in a while.
Friday, August 5, 2011
Fresh off his most recent stint in Arizona's penal system, DMX provides us with this remix to the already over-remixed Yeezy and Hova track. I'm happy to see the man has made it out and am hoping he can keep it that way, at least long enough to complete and release an album. Never one to bring weak bars, Busta does the beat justice and DMX seems loose and prepared to take the industry on again. Download and 'NJoy yourselves!
Wednesday, August 3, 2011
Guatemala City (CNN) -- A Guatemalan court convicted and sentenced four former soldiers Tuesday to more than 6,000 years each in prison for their role in a massacre of 250 people during the country's civil war, state media reported.
The trial was one of Guatemala's first against dictatorship-era ex-soldiers. The state-run AGN news agency described the ruling as an "historic sentence." Family members and activists hailed the news, and said they hoped it would set a precedent for future legal action.
"This sentence we heard today is only the beginning," said Aura Elena Farfan, director of the Association for Relatives of the Detained-Disappeared.
The four soldiers on trial -- Carlos Antonio Carias Lopez, Reyes Collin Guali, Daniel Martinez Mendez and Manuel Pop Sun -- pleaded not guilty. They were convicted of crimes against humanity for their role in 201 of the killings that occurred during the 1982 massacre at the village of Dos Erres, located in the northern Guatemalan province of Peten.
"I have said several times that I am innocent ... There is no solid proof," Carias told CNN affiliate Noti7 before the ruling.
The United Nations documented 669 massacres in Guatemala during the nation's 36-year civil war, which ended in 1996.
More than 23 witnesses testified during the trial, including former members of the military.
During the trial, survivors described what they witnessed during the brutal massacre and villagers testified about the disappearance of their families at the hands of the army, according to the state-run AGN news agency.
Petronila Lopez Mendez, 65, told the court that she lost her husband and two teenage sons in the massacre, and she accused Carias of withholding information about their whereabouts in the aftermath of the incident, AGN reported.
She testified that she paid Carias money in exchange for her family, but they never reappeared.
Another witness was Felicitia Helenia Ramirez, who lost her parents in the massacre and said that when she sneaked back into the village, she found it burned to the ground, AGN reported.
"What I found was clothes strewn all over the place ... the only thing that I took with me was a photo of my mom," she said.
Family members of victims cried out as Judge Patricia Bustamante read the sentence Tuesday, AGN reported. Many of them held red carnations in their hands.
An emotional elderly man knelt in the courtroom after Tuesday's ruling, according to the state news agency.
"Justice has finally been done," he said.

as Reported by Patzy Vasquez and Espanol's Patricia Janiot.
Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Although I will never say Mannie Fresh fell off, he has been on somewhat of a hiatus since his days of churning out the sound that defined the Bling, Bling era. Now he finds himself working with, in my eyes and the retinas of many others, the games best new comer, Dee-1. Over the past 6 months, Dee has released his most ambitious projects to date, as well as touring the nation with some of the industries finest acts. Mannie joins with the teacher turned rapper on The One that Got Away, which highlights the soft melodies Mannie is revered for and the style and cadence that is making Dee’s rise to prominence a promise. Check out the official video and keep your eyes and ears peeled for Dee-1!
Fresh off the VT leg of the Wiz Khalifa tour, Chevy and Mac churned out this track with the help of Taylor Gang's in house beat meistro, Big Jerm. The Drive, which is slated to appear on Chevy Woods upcoming mixtape, The Cookout, is the first single to appear thus far. If this track is an indicator of the final product, I'm not so sure It'll be my favorite.
Monday, August 1, 2011
Welcome to August, or the end of the blog hiatus in my world. With the upcoming release of Game's R.E.D Album, Game has released this star studded ode to drug use, seemingly making up for the critical criticism he received on the Uncle Otis track that didn't fare so well in the blogosphere. Check out the track below and welcome in August correct.