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PLAY Lifestyle & Culture. | #ASAPRocky “Purple Swag” (Documentary)

Four years is a long time in the Internet age. Just think: Four years ago you probably didn’t know what Uber was, had never used SnapChat, and you probably had never heard of a rapper named A$AP Rocky and his Harlem based crew, the A$AP Mob. In 2011, A$AP Rocky launched the A$AP movement after releasing an instant classic video called “Purple Swag.”

The video blew us away. Just when it was starting to feel like New York couldn’t produce new rap stars, a shirtless Rocky came strutting down the block on that bike sporting Jeremy Scott adidas with the charisma of 50 Cent, the sound of Houston, and a “alternative but traditional” aesthetic masterminded by the late, great A$AP Yams. Four years later and Rocky is a full blown star who recently got his third Complex cover and has his highly anticipated sophomore album slated for later this year. That’s why this song was ripe for a Magnum Opus treatment.

None of what Rocky—and the rest of the Mob—has accomplished these past few years would have been possible if it wasn’t for “Purple Swag.” So we got with the main members of the Mob including Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Nast, and A$AP Bari to talk about how the Mob came together and how Rocky crafted the song. Of course, we all also took time out to talk about the genius of A$AP Yams, who tragically passed away earlier this year, and how he helped the song blow up. As great as the song is, it certainly wouldn’t have had the same impact without it’s corresponding video. So we also spoke with director Jason Ano as well as everybody’s favorite white girl with gold grills, Anna Trill. And finally, with all the debate that the song sparked about whether or not New York rappers should be using a Southern sound, we just had to speak with the Trill OG himself, Bun B about why he’s cool with Rocky’s H-Town influence.

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Design Lifestyle & Culture. | The Plastic Age “#Earthday” (#Documentary)

We all talk about the Stone Age, the Iron Age and the Bronze Age, but what era are we living in right now? People are starting to refer to us as the – far less romantic – Plastic Age. We make 288 million tonnes of plastic a year, and unlike paper, metal, glass or wood, it does not oxidise or biodegrade, instead it ends up in our oceans, making the ratio of plastic to plankton 100:1. The way to make use of The Great Pacific Garbage Patch? Bionic yarn. Co-designed by Pharrell, G-Star’s RAW for the Oceans collection is the world’s first denim line created from plastic that has been fished out of the big blue and recycled. Find out how we can pick 700,000 tonnes of plastic up off the sea floor in our documentary, made possible by G-Star, The Plastic Age.

An ALLDAYEVERYDAY Production

Directed by Jake Sumner
Writers Jake Sumner and Zach Neumeyer
Director of Photography Austin Cary Rhodes
Producer Kate Cunningham
Executive Producer Lucy Cooper
Editor Zach Neumeyer
Original Music & Sound Design Dražen Bošnjak at Q Department
Colorist Jaime OBradovich at Company 3

Additional Photography by
Ryan Dickie, Brett Jutkiewicz, Daniel Kanes, Sesse Lind, Prune Brenguier, Yusuke Hayamizu, Nobutaka Shirahama, Jake Sumner

Sound
Colin Alexander, Rob Bluemke, Tony Leonardo, John Reynolds,
Diana Sagrista, Travis Sentell, Gary Stevenson, Jake Sumner

Camera Assistants Sonny Brown, Lindsay Mann, AJ Wilhelm

Unit Producers Michaela McKee, Cedric Troadec, Andrew Runkle, Andrea Pinto, Clémentine Duzer
2nd Unit Director Kate Cunningham
Production Manager (LA) Noelia Estrada
Production Coordinators Amy Crowdis, Julia Palermo, Sebastian Stein, Ty Demura
Data Management Rob Bluemke, Brian Williamson

Production Assistants
David Bly, Mike Brady, Natalie Carpenter, Michelle Faeroe, Andrew Ilson, Tom Kogut, Vijayta Narang, Julia Palermo, Sylla Saint-Guily, Lyle Shanahan, Michael Smith, Deno Williams, Kelly Zimmerman

Post Producers Tara Holmes, Jenna Gabriel
Animation and Art Direction Lessa Millet
Assistant Editors Andrew Taylor, Kete Bennis, Kyle Grandmaison

Stock Footage Provided by
Algalita Marine Research & Education
Joel Sadler at Aerial Archival
Lewis Teague Wright

Interviews (in order of appearance)
Dr Marcus Eriksen
Pharrell Williams
Dr Wallace J Nichols
Anna Cummins
Dr Mike Biddle
Capt. Charles Moore
Capt. Paul Watson
Cyrill Gutsch
Kahi Pacarro
Megan Lamson
Tim Coombs
Tyson Toussant
Shubhankar Ray

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Global Head of Video Danielle Bennison-Brown
Senior Video Commissioning Editor Jack Robinson
Head of Branded Production Fiona Scott
Head of Creative Development Bunny Kinney
Project Manager Cat Crawford
Associate Producer Declan Higgins
Production Manager U.S. Eleanor Galloway
Production Manager Tiwirayi Magwenzi
Production Coordinator Tom Ivin

Special Thanks
Adrian Grenier, Keith Edmeir, Dave Ransome, Mollusk Surf Shop, K&M Camera, Doug Woodring at Ocean Recovery Alliance, Lewis Teague Wright, Charlie Smith, Jeanne Gallagher, Kona Brewing Company, Tracy Williams of Tracy Williams Ltd., Arthur Huang, MINIWIZ, Jordan Howard, Eadoin Quinn at Sims Municipal Recycling, Piotr Lozak

A Very Special Thanks To
Parley for the Oceans
Bionic Yarn
G-Star RAW

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Design Lifestyle & Culture. | @GCFLearnFree “Online Course Lectures” (#FreeEducation)

From Microsoft Office & email to reading, math, & more, GCFLearnFree offers more than 1,000 lessons, videos, & interactives, completely free.

GCFLearnFree.org is a website dedicated to offering free tutorials, self-paced lessons, and credit-earning online classes to people around the world looking to improve upon their skills. Take a tour of the site with this video and see for yourself what GCFLearnFree.org can do.

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Sports Lifestyle. | #JeremyLin “#ADayintheLife” (#NBA #LAKERS)

Hope you guys had a Happy Chinese New Year!

Hopefully the stories in this video encourage us to not jump to conclusions about individuals going through a time of homelessness, but to graciously love them and be willing to hear their stories.

I know meeting Louis, Kevin and Angel was an invaluable experience for me.

For more info on how to connect with your homeless neighbors get in contact with your local United Way (http://www.unitedway.org/).

And if you’re in LA, sign up with the United Way of Greater LA’s Companionship program today:

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Design Lifestyle Interview. | #foodcurated “#NaughtyTreats” (@SkeeterNYC) vimeo.com/108232790

“The donuts give our bakers a chance to be naughty, really. We literally carpet bomb them with sugar.”

Meet Justin Gellatly, the head baker of Bread Ahead Bakery located at the popular food stalls in London’s Borough Market. Good fortune brought me to Bread Ahead early one morning in England. A wave of heavy rock blasted from the kitchen, while an army of men in white danced to the beat of their own bread making. But, I wasn’t here for the bread this morning, I was here for Justin’s legendary custard-filled donuts – a menu item so famous and so blogged about, sometimes, even Justin admittedly can’t cope with it.

My local journalist friend, Felicity Spector, suggested this story and I am forever grateful. Justin is a modern day Willy Wonka of sorts – a true craftsman who delights in the wonder of his creations. Watch as his eyes light up when talking about the experience of eating his donuts. There’s a cheeky amusement to it, a sense that he’s recreated the magical experience of being a kid again.
I tried to share one of his donuts. A novice mistake, as these are not made for sharing. In one bite, you instantly want to be alone. The gush of cream is surprising, and it ends up everywhere! On your nose, on your cheeks, all over your fingers. Moments later, you find no matter how much you’ve licked and wiped away, there is still more custard. An everlasting memory of the most famous donuts in London. Enjoy his story.

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