NEW LEAK: Birdman Ft. Young Jeezy x Bun B

</object> The Pepper Zoo gets first dibs on the new Birdman Video ft. Young Jeezy x Bun B. peep it out!!

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The Future of Touch Screen Technology

If you don’t have a touch screen phone or iPad yet, it is most likely that there is one in your near future. The evolution of technology is moving at a fast pace, and The Astonishing Tribe wants “in” on it. The recent concept development of openinnovation combines touch screen technology with stretchable screens, transparent screens, and other sharing integrations in our daily lives. Is this what the future holds?

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The Pepper Zoo X South Florida DunkXChange 2010

The Pepper Zoo will be stomping through the South Florida DunkXChange later this month, and we expect to see you there. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the event, it is a street wear event that takes place in major cities throughout the U.S. The event allows shoe fanatics and sneakerheads to buy, sell, and trade rare kicks and street wear of all kinds. If you missed last month’s event, don’t worry. We’ll see you at the one in September. Following the event, The Pepper Zoo will do a follow-up post to lead you into the entire showdown.

WHAT:

DUNKXCHANGE SOUTH FLORDIA 2010

WHERE:

OPIUM VENUE @ SEMINOLE HARD ROCK HOTEL & CASINO

5729 SEMINOLE WAY, HOLLYWOOD FL 33314

WHEN:

SEPTEMBER 25 FROM 1PM TO 5PM

For more information, please visit www.dunkxchange.com

 

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Nicki Minaj’s Massive Attack on the Scene of Hip-Hop [NEW PHOTOS]

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Onika Maraj, also known as the infamous Harajuku Barbie/Nicki Minaj, is leaving her 4-inch-heel footprint on the runway of hip-hop. Recently featured in Paper Magazine, she goes on to explain the birth of her style and how she made it thus far. She mentions that her syllabic accents, voices, and characters erupted in an unusual way - by mistake. Minaj says,

"It happened like a lot of things I do - as a mistake. Like the freegin’ clip in my hair in the ‘My Chick Bad’ video with Ludacris. My hairdresser was curling one side and using a clip to hold my hair. I was like, ‘Leave it.’ They all looked at me like I was insane — but that’s something I do. It’s the same thing with my cadences: I’m probably running out of breath or something crazy, and it’s like, ‘This is not going to work.’ But then I’m like, ‘Let me listen,’ and it winds up being magical and I just keep it and I’m like, ‘Yeah, I love it.’"

Her fashion sense is even more out-of-the-box. Not only has she developed her music style, but her choice of clothing as well. The New York Times titled her “the Cindy Sherman of rap,” after all. Minaj says, “it’s more than a pose though - it’s fashion as a pillar of hip-hop. My style is hip-hop meets couture meets crazed lunatic…um yeah.” It’s pretty self explanatory.

Pink Friday, her upcoming album set to release in November, is her ‘heart and soul.’ Every relationship that she has ever been in will come through the core of this album, she explains.

"I’m going to be in Tokyo, Paris—I’m going to go everywhere you can imagine. I’m going to own London. I mean, the sky’s the limit and you watch what I say. I refuse to lose. I don’t know how to lose."

Jacket by Rami Kashou, pants by Andy & Debb, gloves by Gasper and ring by Stephen Webster.

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Brail-Inspired Texting - Tactile Texting for the Blind

Although it may be difficult for the blind to see their cell phones, this “Tactile Texting” gadget has helped transform the average device. Using specific grooves within the device, users can text sentences through pattern-recognition technology. Check out the video and get a real feel for what this gadget does.

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HUF x PRO-Keds 69er Sneakers

HUF links up with PRO-Keds to produce a couple of new colorways in the brand’s classic 69er. The low tops are offered in both a black/blue/white and blue/white/black colorway, each now available through HUF stores in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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HUF x PRO-Keds 69er Sneakers

HUF links up with PRO-Keds to produce a couple of new colorways in the brand’s classic 69er. The low tops are offered in both a black/blue/white and blue/white/black colorway, each now available through HUF stores in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

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Mens BEAMS x Dr. Martens Patent Wing-Tip

BEAMS and Dr. Martens continue their collaborative relationship into the 2010 fall/winter with a simple yet well-thought out patent wingtip. The shoe features a full patent leather upper with a wingtip motif. The upper is of course paired with Dr. Martens’ signature Bouncing Soles outsole. The BEAMS x Dr. Martens Patent Wing-Tip is available now via BEAMS.

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Mens Christian Louboutin Rantus Orlato Hi-Top

For the 2010 Fall/Winter season, Christian Louboutin is releasing their Rantus Orlato model in several different types of fabric and patterns. Having already incorporated studs on a different men’s high-top sneaker in the past, the French luxury brand explores a leopard-print upper as one of their design aesthetics for the Rantus Orlato. The sneaker will feature their famous red sole with the company’s signature logo, and will be available for purchase at Christian Louboutin flagship stores and select high-end retailers.

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Young Jeezy Gives Back to the Community

In recent news, Young Jeezy was recently shooting his new anthem Jizzle when parents approached him expressing their children’s need for school supplies. As many already know, Jeezy is very supportive of the community and shows his dedication often. He purchased plenty of backpacks filled with pencils, pens, calculators, thumbdrives, notebooks, etc. and donated them to the children. He even gave the parents cell phones and money to help pay bills. Now that’s love! The Pepper Zoo tips our hats to Jeezy for supporting the community, as always.

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100 Most Powerful Black Men on Twitter

Pimp C Featuring Bun B and Drake - What Up

Drake has not only looked up to UGK, but his musical career launched in Houston. Therefore, it’s  only right that he pays homage to Pimp C and Bun B. “What Up,” produced by Boi-1da, is the first single from Pimp C’s new album The Naked Soul of Sweet Jones (in stores and available online, October 5).

Drake Tracks by jozenc

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The Pepper Zoo Introduces Taiwanese Creative Agency BlanQ: IDENTITY Photography

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Photographed by Liang Su, IDENTITY was shot for the Art Issue of WestEast Magazine. According to Su,

"This is a chronicle progression of a woman. A woman who morphs from innocence to struggles, and back to innocence. From a state of purity, when there is no good and bad, to sophistication, which comes with seduction, greed, debauchery amongst all other evils that dominate the world. On the verge of decadence she struggles, for individuality, for virtue, for her own soul. In the end amidst all chaos, she unites with peace of mind, living with a sober fact that she is just one of them, and she can’t hide. That is her IDENTITY, whether she likes it or not.”

The direction behind this photo shoot is inspirational. Exceptional photography has the ability to tell a story, and this particular editorial captures the essence of an evolving woman. TIPPI APPROVED.

Concept by BLANQ
Direction by Jeffrey Wang
Photography by Liang Su
Art Direction by WaWa Ho & Eddie Teng
Post Production & Retouching by Roy Tsai
Fashion Styling by Jeffrey Wang
Hair Styling by Ranny @ HC (Hair Culture)
Make-up by Kai @ 1028 & Vicky Lin
Models: Gia & Karen @ Storm Model
Photography Assistant: Nag

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GUCCI: GUILTY

Evan Rachel Wood, aka the deposed queen of Louisiana, and Chris Evans star in Frank Miller’s spot for Gucci Guilty.

Client: Gucci

Director: Frank Miller

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How Social Media is Making Public-Relations Sector Boom

PR agencies are taking full advantage of the benefits that social media brings to the digital table. Katie O’Brien, Global Digital Marketing Manager at Ben & Jerry’s, was searching for an agency to develop a joint digital effort. She briefed a traditional PR agency and a traditional digital shop. According to O’Brien, “the plans they brought back were…night and day.”

The most significant difference between the plans were that one exercised the importance of social media better than the other - and it just so happened to be the PR agency. Although the PR sector took a downfall in 2009, it is coming back with a vengeance. According to Tom Harrison, chairman and CEO of Omnicom Group’s Diversified Agency Services,

"PR can prepare a brand or product for its target market while also preparing the market for that new brand or product. There isn’t another discipline in all of communications services that can do that for a brand.

According to AdAge, spending on PR will hit $3.4 billion in 2010, an increase of 3% over 2009, according to Veronis Suhler Stevenson, a private-equity firm that publishes annual reports on the state of the PR industry. It expects that number to hit $4.4 billion by 2014. PR agencies have the upper hand in social media because they understand the fundamental structure of it. They realize that the social network space is helpful as long as companies listen and understand what impacts consumers. Social networking is like one continuous conversation with each client; therefore, it is simpler to assess what evokes positive reactions out of those clients through social media.

Here are my Top 5 Social Networks that are beneficial to Businesses:

1) FACEBOOK - Great for building a large network and receiving honest feedback

2) TWITTER - Ideal for sending out quick blasts and getting immediate responses

3) LINKEDIN - The social network for making business contacts and keeping in contact with colleagues (very professional)

4) FOURSQUARE - This is a great networking tool for retail, hospitality, or restaurants. It’s not as beneficial for service-related businesses

5) ENTREPRENEUR CONNECT - A network for connecting with other professionals, vendors, colleagues, and advisers

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