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Brian Lichtenberg Celebrates VIBE's 20th Anniversary By Remixing Classic Covers For New Collection

Designer Brian Lichtenberg teams up with VIBE to remix some of its classic covers from the vault and debut his brand new collection. His latest designs, which pay homage to classic street wear of the '90s, mark a new direction for the Los Angeles-based wunderkind, known to flip familiar luxury brands such as Chanel, Balmain and Céline.

"The brands we selected for the collaboration for the covers were iconic and influential street wear brands of the '90s," he explains. After sifting through the archives, he handpicked the brand's most iconic cover shots and paired them with popular brands Polo, Fubu, and Timberland.

VIBE's first cover star Snoop Dogg was paired with the repurposed Timberland logo, a fitting combination given the rapper's enthusiasm for the green. Lichtenberg then plucked the 15th anniversary issue cover that Jay Z adorned, giving it the Fubu spin.

The final pairing pit Polo Ralph Lauren with the March 2010 relaunch issue starring Drake. The Toronto rep even says it with his chest with the catchphrase YOLO etched into his shirt, representing an affinity to the lifestyle cliche he created with just four letters.

Lichtenberg, who sums up his label as "tongue in cheek meets high fashion," has recently taken over the niche "ironic shirt" market in the fashion industry. Over the past few years, fashion's elite has adopted his high-end brand-logo knock-offs. Singers Rihanna, Ciara, model Cara Delevingne and most recently, actress Lindsay Lohan, have all subscribed to the cult Lichtenberg, aka "BLTee" as his tags read, has created. He is also a celebrated couture and ready-to-wear designer.

But with genius comes controversy. His recent collection received backlash from the internet after he teamed with Kitson LA, plastering the names of drug paraphernalia on their latest designs. Anti-drug groups have put the collaboration on blast by calling the collection "disgusting" and "shameful."

Lichtenberg released a statement, saying that his shirts are nothing more than a "parody of pop culture" and hope the outrage will "open the door to a much needed dialogue" on the prescription drug epidemic.

With signature pieces like the "Xanax" jersey, the "YOLO South Central" or the ubiquitous "Ballin'" & "Homies" tee, the forward-thinking trendsetter has placed his finger on the pulse of society, proving he hasn't missed a beat.—Robbie Sokolowsky

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Ahmed Best's 'Star Wars' Character, Jar Jar Binks, Is George Lucas' Favorite

Actor Ahmed Best is mainly known for his role as Jar Jar Binks in the Star Wars saga. His role brought unto him a ton of backlash and criticism as many felt his alien character lived up to racist stereotypes. Since his portrayal in the 1999 and 2002 installments of the film, Best struggled to find more roles and dealt with mental health issues as a result of it.

However, the 45-year-old actor now says that he's on a "really strong path to healing" after the franchise's creator, George Lucas, called Jar Jar Binks his "favorite character."

Lucas called into a fan event that marked the 20th anniversary of Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace and surprised enthusiasts with his remarks. "Thank you for coming to the celebration. It's one of my favorite movies," Lucas said. "Of course Jar Jar is my favorite character. Ahmed, he did a fantastic job. It was very, very hard."

Lucas' words inspired Best to speak with TMZ and share his thoughts on the filmmaker's comments. "I hope that George saying this, that it was his favorite character will help people look deeper into the work and what we did as filmmakers, and what we did as collaborators and what we did as artists," he said. "And look at how we influence the next generation of not only filmmaking but filmmakers."

Best previously stated that he contemplated suicide due to the character's backlash. We wish him a speedy road back to recovery.

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Ladies And Gentleman, Missy Elliott Finished Recording Her Next Project

Missy Elliott is coming. With the release of an Instagram video featuring a celebratory dance, the legendary musician signaled that new music is on the horizon.

"I just finished a long project I been working on since last year & this my mood “Keep On Movin” I’m bout to show yall I’m on some next ish," she wrote in the caption of her video announcement on Wednesday (April 17). The video features her boppin' along to Soul II Soul's "Keep On Moving." Her hair is in braids, she's rocking gold hoops and sports a beautiful smile on her face.

The Virginia native's last album was 2005's The Cookbook, which featured the hit single "Lose Control" with Ciara and Fatman Scoop. Since then, she's released solo singles such as "WTF (Where They From)" with Pharrell Williams, "Pep Rally," and was recently featured on Lizzo's new song "Tempo."

Just because she hasn't released a full-length project doesn't mean she hasn't been busy. Missy's hard work has paid off, and she will be the first female rapper inducted into the Songwriters Hall Of Fame this summer. She was also recently named Berklee College Of Music's Honorary Doctorate Recipient.

We can't wait to hear what she's been up to.

 

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I just finished a long project I been working on since last year & this my mood “Keep On Movin” I’m bout to show yall I’m on some next ish😅🤮🤮🥶👽💣🔥🙌🏾🙌🏾

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Kodak Black Arrested At US-Canada Border On Weapons And Drugs Charges

While returning to the U.S. from Canada on Wednesday night (April 17), Kodak Black, as well as three individuals, were stopped by Customs Agents at the border. After the authorities searched the vehicle, they were arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a weapon, TMZ reports.

The "Tunnel Vision" artist was scheduled to perform in Boston, Mass., as part of his Dying to Live tour. However, the concert was canceled which generated outrage from fans and confusion from some of Kodak's camp who weren't aware of the rapper's whereabouts. It has been reported that the rapper is still in custody and being held on a $20,000 cash bond or $40,000 bond.

Since the start of his career, Kodak's name has remained in the midst of controversy. Recently, the rapper landed at the center of attention for his back and forth with T.I. The latter removed artwork that depicted the Florida native from the Trap Museum in Atlanta, Ga., following Kodak's comments about Lauren London and Nipsey Hussle. The beef between the two escalated to the point that Kodak released a diss track aimed at T.I. called "Expeditiously."

Kodak's run-ins with the law have also been a topic of discussion. The 21-year-old was released on August 18, 2018, after serving seven months for marijuana possession and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. Kodak currently faces criminal sexual conduct charges and faces up to a maximum of 30 years in prison.

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