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The Goods: Trying Out…The adidas miCoach Pacer

Every Thursday, VIBE.com is going to start taking one of the items we’d normally feature in The Goods out for a spin. Sometimes it’ll literally be a spin (as in, a car) while other times it’ll be a new pair of headphones, the latest cocktail, a video game we’ve been dying to get our hands on or some other new gadget that we’d rather test out than just tell you about. After we do that, we’ll also tell you whether it makes the cut or not and tell you where to get the item, too. Let’s get it started…

The Tryout: This week, I tried out the adidas miCoach Pacer, the latest piece of technology designed to help you maximize your workouts. I started with this gadget, because it’s something that hits close to home. I don’t do New Year’s resolutions (so, if you’re expecting me to talk about how this has made me want to work out more since Jan. 1, look elsewhere…). But last April, I started running. And running. And running some more. All told, I’ve logged about 500 miles since then, lost 30 pounds and gotten back into shape after spending college (and post-college) working too much, eating cheeseburgers and tossing back 30-packs. I’ve done it by keeping a freakishly strict routine. I run the same three to four days of the week, I take off as few days as possible, and I run in rain, sleet, snow, hail and blistering heat. In other words, I run and run and run and run and run…and I try to do it the same way every time I do it to stay consistent. Taking just one day off can literally throw me off course.

That said, I tried the adidas miCoach Pacer earlier this week—and, if you have any desire to lose weight, get in shape or work out regularly (now, or in two months when you realize that summer is just around the corner), the miCoach is a good place to start. At first, it seems a little extra. There’s a pacer, a heart rate monitor and a stride sensor you’ve gotta put on before you run. You also need to set up a work out account on the miCoach site before you start. But it takes about 15 minutes to figure out how to do that and less than that to actually set up the sensors on your body before you run. None are intrusive and they won’t take away from your workout, either.

From there, you run like you normally would. If you don’t run already, you can also customize a workout on the miCoach site to get started. You can run for distance, train for a race or just get your body back into shape to start running more sometime in the future. Though I’m not a huge fan of the actual coaching feature (part of running is, after all, pushing yourself through a run), you can also plug a provided headphone into the pacer to get verbal commands throughout a run that tell you when you need to speed up, slow down or push yourself a little harder. It even comes with an adapter that allows you to connect your pacer to your iPod so you can listen to music and get coached during your run.

Once you complete a run, you plug the Pacer into your computer through the USB port and immediately find out how long you ran, how many calories you burned, your pace and your heart rate. As someone who’s been running consistently for about 10 months now, I found out that I’m actually running a slightly shorter distance than I originally thought but also burning more calories. After a couple runs, I also noticed some areas I can work on to improve my run. I’m thinking about using the provided workouts (and maybe even the coaching system) to try and get more out of my runs as we get closer to the springtime.

The Verdict: If you hate running, the adidas miCoach Pacer probably won’t motivate you to run more. But if you’re someone who’s already using a running routine to stay in shape, it will revolutionize the way you hit the pavement. Run out and get one now. ($140; available now)—Chris Yuscavage

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Dave Chappelle Personally Provides Tickets To Couple Who Were Scammed On Craigslist

One couple's Valentine's Day was made thanks to Dave Chappelle after they were scammed out of $500 dollars on Craigslist trying to buy the tickets to see the comedian.

Diedra and Eddie Dickens story was brought to light by WBTV on Wednesday (Feb. 13) when the couple shared how they were robbed online. In an effort to surprise her husband for Valentine's Day, Diedra attempted to buy tickets to see Chappelle on Valentine's Day after hearing he would perform in their hometown of Charlotte, North Carolina. After she was unable to find tickets on Ticketmaster, she tried Craigslist where she found a perfect match for her and her husband, who would've needed a wheelchair accessible seat.

“They were seats one through four so those would be great because I could put my husband in seat one at the end of an aisle and that kind of good stuff,” she said.

But after sending $500 via Apple Pay to the seller, she never heard back. Diedra filed a police report after she was unable to get in touch with the seller.

“I was having good faith and it cost me $500,” she said. “You have no empathy or goodness, or I don’t know, maybe no soul."

After their story was shared on the local news, Chappelle's team caught wind of what happened and decided to surprise the couple on Thursday (Feb. 14), who decided to have dinner with friends.

Last night we told you this Charlotte couple was scammed out of hundreds of dollars trying to buy @DaveChappelle tickets on Craigslist. Tonight we were there as DAVE HIMSELF hand-delivered the group tickets! Awesome! @WBTV_News pic.twitter.com/tHMElvDcZE

— Alex Giles WBTV (@AlexGilesNews) February 15, 2019

Shocked and amazed, the couple was thrilled to meet the comedy legend who hand-delivered real tickets to his show. He chatted and took pictures with the couple while sharing the importance of buying tickets from credible platforms.

"Someone on my team called me, actually last night, and told me about this situation and we thought it'd be fun to do that for someone for Valentine's Day," he said to WBTV, who helped him find the couple. "I didn't expect to be on the news doing it but I'm glad, that's good. It's good that people know to always get your tickets from reliable sources and take every opportunity that's presented to you to be kind, especially if it's something that's easy to do."

Here’s a portion of our interview with @DaveChappelle. Great quote - “Take any opportunity that’s presented to you to be kind, especially if it’s something easy to do.” @WBTV_News pic.twitter.com/3344hqrQ19

— Alex Giles WBTV (@AlexGilesNews) February 15, 2019

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Animated Music Video XXXTentacion's "Sauce!" Is Released

A video for XXXTentacion's "Sauce!" has been released with animated flair.

Directed and animated by Tristian Zammit, the video blends various styles of anime with images of the rapper floating in the air. The song stems from the late rapper's latest posthumous release, XXXTentacion Presents: Members Only, Vol. 4. The project features friends and supporters of the rapper like Ski Mask the Slum God and affiliates Flyboy Tarantino, Kid Trunks, Tankhead, Bass Santana and more.

His affiliates are currently on a Members Only vs. The World tour, kicking off last month in California and bowing in Boston March 10.


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This is XXXTentacion's second posthumous release since his death in June 2018. Skins was released with fans taking the album to the top of the Billboard charts, moving 132,000 equivalent albums. His tangled history with domestic violence has continued to play a part in the young rapper's legacy. At the Grammys, the 20-year-old's name wasn't included in the "In Memoriam" segment over his history of domestic violence.

Sources confirmed the reason to Variety while Academy president Neil Portnow previously shared thoughts on the possibility that XXXTentacion would or would not be included. The rapper's name was however on the longer list of late musicians on the Grammys website.

“I will tell you it’s a daunting challenge,” said Portnow. “We track those that we lose in our industry in any given year and then we have a process by which we go through it. Our on-air in memoriam — we’re lucky if we wind up [featuring] 10 to 15 percent of those we lose. Because it’s always hard choices. All of that is to say, I don’t have any answers for you now, but obviously, artists who were prominent and well-known by the public are people who are recognized and we’ll just wind up having to see how it plays out.”

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Childish Gambino Announces New European Tour Dates With H.E.R.

Childish Gambino has added a handful of international dates to his "This Is America" tour with fellow Grammy-award-winning singer H.E.R.

Announced through his creative agency and management team wolf + rothstein on Instagram Friday (Feb. 15), the dates will be a delight to fans in Paris and London. Gambino and H.E.R. will perform at the London's O2 Arena March 24 and March 25 and will reach Paris' AccorHotels Arena March 27. The announcement comes fresh off of the artists' big wins at the 2019 Grammys.

Gambino took home four gramophones including Best Music Video for "This Is America" as well as Record of the Year, Song of the Year and Best Rap/Sung Performance. He also made history as "This Is America" was the first rap record to take home Record of the Year.

H.E.R.'s debut at the Grammys was just as bright as the VIBE cover star took home Best R&B Album for her eponymous double-EP. She also took home an award for Best R&B Performance with Daniel Ceasar for their lovely duet, "Best Part."

Speaking with VIBE, H.E.R. dropped a few hints about an upcoming European tour and plans to release her debut studio album.

“I’m so thankful for all the stuff that happened in 2018 and now 2019 is even crazier,” she said. “There’s so much going on, so many places that I’ll be going to that I haven’t seen, but I’m definitely going to drop an official album, a real album because the projects that I dropped weren’t even official. They were just EPs and it’s about elevation this year.”

Meanwhile, Gambino shared a piece of new music during his new Google Pixel 3 ad titled, "Human Sacrifice." The ad feature's the platform's latest "Playmoji" creation with Gambino dancing off against his.

Check out the tour announcement below and cop tickets here.

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