AT&T Is Buying Time Warner for More Than $80 Billion USD

Telecommunications giant AT&T has reached a deal to buy Time Warner for more than $80 billion USD, according to The Wall Street Journal. The reported transaction could be announced as soon as Saturday evening, with shares of Time Warner being purchased between $100 and $105 USD. AT&T currently has millions of wireless and paid television subscribers, which gives it natural synergies with Time Warner's media and entertainment properties that include heavy-hitters like HBO, CNN, Warner Bros. film and TV studios, and DC Comics. As one of the largest mergers between content and distribution since Comcast bought NBCUniversal, government regulatory agencies are sure to scrutinize this colossal acquisition, with numerous conditions placed on the agreement.

AT&T reportedly needed a major media acquisition to scale its deeper focus on video and content in recent years. Other companies like Walt Disney Co., 21st Century Fox, CBS or Viacom were either too large to acquire or had deep family ties that would make it difficult, which is why Time Warner made sense for the conglomerate. While the entire process likely won't close until the end of 2017, this is the biggest media deal we've seen in recent years.

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This Skateboard’s Griptape Is Made from a Louis Vuitton Purse

For the latest episode of Braille Skateboarding’s You Make It We Skate it, the gang test out a board that has been fitted with pretty luxurious griptape. Thanks to a defiant fan who goes by the name of jsk8er69, riding a skateboard wrapped in Louis Vuitton’s premium leather alongside its monogram canvas pattern is now a reality. Apparently, the fan tore up his mom’s purse to create the “most expensive” griptape. Watch the Braille squad do a frontside flip as well as a board slide down the rail with the lavish ride above.


Jay Z Allegedly “Can’t Stand” Kanye West

During a recent show in Seattle, Kanye West went on an epic rant against Jay Z announcing that Watch the Throne 2 will never be released due to a battle between Apple and TIDAL over streaming rights, and that he hasn't been a good friend by not stopping by to see him after Kim's robbery in Paris nor have their kids ever played together. According to Page Six, an insider has revealed that the duo's friendship is not what is appears to be. "Jay can't stand him," quoted the source. "He looks at him as this crazy, eccentric motherf***er he can tolerate in small doses. Kanye is a nut job. Everyone knows that." Jay also apparently only agreed to make the 2011 Watch the Throne album because of the profit it would make. While this all remains speculative, it does beg the larger question as to whether their collaborative efforts have been genuine or just business. Neither Jay Z nor his reps have commented publicly on Ye's remarks made at the concert on Wednesday.

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The ‘Star Wars’ Stormtrooper Decanter and Shot Glass Will Let You Toast to the Dark Side

Star Wars fans, rejoice. A decanter and shot glass inspired by Stormtrooper helmet molds from the 1976 Star Wars: Episode IV: A New Hope film now exist. The flint glass carafe will allow you to store up to 750ml of your favorite spirit while the shot glass can hold approximately 150ml. Both wares are currently being sold at The Fowndry—$15 USD for the shot glass and $28 USD for the decanter.

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See Lauryn Hill Perform ‘Rebel’ on ‘Charlie Rose’

Lauryn Hill dropped her latest track "Rebel" earlier this month, which rejuvenated the song "Rebel/I Find It Hard to Say" from her legendary MTV Unplugged set back in 2002. She recently stopped by the Charlie Rose show to perform the powerful new song, backed by a full band and brass ensemble. She still managed to evoke emotional elements from her original Unplugged set with her guitar in tow and impassioned lyrics, which were updated to shed light on today's socio-political climate. Watch the full clip above and see Lauryn on the MLH Caravan: A Diaspora Calling! tour live now.


adidas Swathes the Coveted Pure BOOST ZG in Light Grey

adidas is on a rampage with its slew of iterations of the ever popular Pure BOOST ZG silhouette. Hot on the heels of its collaborative offering with kolor and Livestock is a solo rendition that avid BOOST-wearing fans will appreciate. The latest release sees a light grey color scheme with crisp white accents throughout the sneaker. Each pair boasts an air mesh upper, a dynamic-fit system, a molded eyestay and heel cap, an EVA outsole as well as a full length BOOST midsole. Not to mention, the model touts a juxtaposing strap across the midfoot and a textured heel counter.

Get a closer look at the Pure BOOST ZG "Grey" above and purchase the sneaker at select retailers such as Sneaker Politics for $120 USD.

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An In-Depth Look at KAWS’ ‘WHERE THE END STARTS’ Exhibit

While we were given a preview of KAWS' WHERE THE END STARTS earlier this week, thanks to RSVP Gallery, we're now able to get a full look of the artist's latest exhibit at the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth. Encompassing around 100 works spanning his storied 20 year career, everything from early graffiti pieces and sketches to his massive Companion sculptures are being presented throughout the gallery. Also exhibited are his reinterpretations of classic cartoons characters including Snoopy, The Smurfs, The Simpsons and Spongebob, as well as his familiar incorporation of pop culture through '90s fashion ads. Take a look at the expansive repertoire above and catch the exhibit on display from now until January 22, 2017.

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell St.
Fort Worth, TX 76107
United States

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Instagram Is Now Testing a Live Video Feature Called ‘Go Insta!’

According to a recent report from Russian news website T Journal, Instagram is testing a live video feature called Go Insta!. This latest attribute is limited to Russian users at this time and presumably resides in the app's Stories stratum. It's seemingly another Snapchat-esque addition to the Facebook-owned company's mobile app, but it shouldn't come as a surprise since the tech giant has been incredibly enthusiastic about live video streaming as of late. In order to go live, users will need to click a red button dubbed Go Insta! and their real-time broadcast will commence. Since the feature is located in Stories, these live videos will probably only be displayed in a 24-hour span.

There is no word yet on the exact details of the company's latest feature. However, stay tuned for more details and take a look at screenshots portraying Go Insta! below.

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Jordan Brand Unveils the Hydro “Pinnacle” Slide in Metallic Bronze

Earlier this October, Jordan Brand announced its "Pinnacle" collection featuring the Air Jordan VI and Air Jordan I low in regal colorways. For the third model in the limited edition series, the athletic brand is ushering a pair of slides wrapped in metallic bronze and crisp white. The Air Jordan Hydro 5 "Pinnacle" Slide touts a Solarsoft footbed alongside a velcro strap that is emblazoned with the Jumpman logo and an accompanying hangtag to match.

Take a look at the photos above and purchase the slides for $75 USD at KITH's Manhattan and Brooklyn stores.

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Kinetics x Columbia Outerwear Team-Up on a Collection of Staple Jackets With a Fresh Edge

Japanese brand, Kinetics joins forces with one of the largest names in outerwear, Columbia on a collection of performance jackets that dial-up on style. Street classics like the baseball jacket get reworked with rain-resistant fabric and "Omni-Heat" tech, while other pieces make use of bold camouflage blocks. Giving a whole new edge to an otherwise trusted outdoor brand, the collaboration will become available October 22 at the Kinetics store in Tokyo, or online at Kinetics Rakuten.

Jingumae 4-31-2
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo

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Proper Gang’s Patchy Pullover Anorak Shirt Looks Like Teen Spirit

Proper Gang is on the come-up, as their quirky clothes which cross fashion and streetwear are gaining a loyal following. The latest piece seen from the brand is this red, navy, teal and white patched plaid hoodie. With an overall grunge look and feel, it would be no surprise if the brand was taking style cues from the late Kurt Cobain. Check out the photos above to how Union LA styled it, and grab yours here.

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Travis Scott, Schoolboy Q, Desiigner and More Headline This Year’s Freaky Deaky

As Halloween looms over us in the upcoming week, the downtown Chicago 3-day music festival Freaky Deaky is set to be underway. Headliner's for this year's event include Travis Scott, Schoolboy Q, Desiigner, DJ Khaled, Metro Boomin, A$AP FERG and ILoveMakonnen. Despite a hip-hop heavy line-up there's still something for other fans to mix things up, with acts like Disclosure, Rudimental Soundsystem and Duke Dumont also scheduled for performances. Check out the full line-up here.

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