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The Black Man Who Turned Down $500 Million For His Business

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Who would turn down a cool $500 million?

Well, 31 year old black entrepreneur Tristan Walker did just that! Walker, Stanford MBA turns down a half Billion dollar buy-out offer from Schick, Gillette and Procter & Gamble to keep his skin-care and grooming line Bevel black-owned.

Tristan WalkerTristan’s company, Walker & Co. Brands raised an amazing $24 Million dollars in funding recently from several high-profile names including Earvin “Magic” Johnson, Andre Iguodala and several others; to develop beauty products tailored to people of color. The company also unveiled a new deal with Target to sell its flagship razor product, Bevel, at select Target stores in the United States and online.

tristan-selfie-750xx5760-3246-0-285Who is Tristan Walker?

Tristan Walker, 31, the highest-profile African-American startup founder and CEO of Bevel, a black men’s shaving, skin care and grooming line. Walker’s hustle and charisma aren’t the only reasons for his fame. Venture capitalists, startup founders, and big-time CEOs like to brag that the tech business is a color-blind meritocracy, but their boasts don’t reflect the facts. In Silicon Valley, even in 2015, a visible, successful African-American is big news.

BevelRaised in a couple of the roughest neighborhoods of Queens in New York City, Walker was one of the 50% of black children in the U.S. who grow up in fatherless homes—his was shot and killed when Walker was only 4 years old. His mother, Bettie, worked two jobs, six days a week—as an administrative assistant at the New York Housing Authority from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., then at Time Warner Cable from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.—and enrolled Walker in an after-school program at the Boys Club of New York. In eighth grade, he tried out for a basketball team that played against a variety of prep schools around New England.

He didn’t make it, but one of the coaches knew that Walker was a straight-A student and suggested he take the SSAT and apply to one of the boarding schools the team played. He did, and one day found himself with a full scholarship to Hotchkiss, a prep athletic powerhouse perched aside Lake Wononscopomuc in Connecticut.

He calls his time there the “four most transformative years” of his life. Instead of navigating the shoals of New York City’s public school system, he went to a place where the average class had just 14 students. Computers and other technologies were plentiful and up-to-date, and classes are offered in AP statistics, microeconomics, and computer science, along with Java programming and robotics. “I got to see how the other half lived,” Walker says.

After graduating from Hotchkiss and then excelling at Stony Brook University in New York, Walker landed on Wall Street through SEO, an organization that offers training and internship programs to underrepresented minorities in business. He traded stock for Lehman Brothers and J.P. Morgan, and dreamed up any number of moneymaking schemes but nothing clicked. These were dark days for the Street.

Tristan-Walker - BevelWalker decided to try to develop his entrepreneurial skills at Stanford Business School. He was accepted just after losing his job in the first round of layoffs during the 2008 financial crisis. Coming from the literal depression of Wall Street, Walker was struck by the vibrant, inspiring environment of the Bay Area. “I thought it was the most amazing place in the world because there were other 24-year-olds not only making millions of dollars but also changing the world,” he says. “I knew I wanted to be a part of that.”

Bevel AdAfter stints at Twitter and Foursquare, designer-marketer Tristan Walker was invited by revered tech investor Ben Horowitz to become an Andreessen Horowitz entrepreneur in residence. While there, Walker cooked up the idea for a health and beauty brand for people of color, filling a long-decried gap in the market. The first brand under his Walker & Co. is Bevel, a shaving line with sleek, vintage-inspired products that combat razor burn, a particular problem for black men.

ben2_400x400Hip Hop Meets Silicon Valley

Co-Founder of Andreessen Horowitz, Ben Horowitz grew up listening to hip-hop and to this day remains an unabashed fan has become friends with some of hip-hop’s biggest stars. Nas is one of them. Horowitz introduced Nas to Walker.

Nas + Tristan“Well, upon meeting him I just thought he was a good guy, and when he presented it, it was already up and going. I felt, here’s a project I can be a part of, and I love what he wants to do. That was it,” Nas commented on Walker & Co and the Bevel shaving system. He also admitted he experienced the razor bump issue. “I saw this brand as something that helps with a problem that a lot of blacks have with our curly hair. This is something that a lot of us have been looking for,” Nas said.

Nas 1Against considerable odds, Walker is working to rewrite that playbook, even if his startup has a modest $9.3 million in funding. If Walker can build a world-changing business, he will serve as an extraordinary role model for younger African-Americans.

ニッキー・ミナージからジョージ・クリントンまでこの夏も全部無料!NYのフリーコンサートThe 2015 Free Summer Concert Series

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夏です。フリー・コンサートの季節です。今年もヒップホップやR&Bのライヴが盛りだくさん。あなたはいくつ観に行きますか。

biz-markie-617-409June 17

Lyricist Lounge: Biz Markie + Masta Ace
Herbert Von King Park, Bed-Stuy; 7pm

June 18
Taana Gardner + Johnny Kemp + DJ Yoda
Herbert Von King Park; 7pm

June 24

Judy Torres + Tony Touch
Crotona Park, Bronx; 7pm

The-Lox-WatchLOUDJune 25
Lyricist Lounge: The LOX
Crotona Park; 7pm

June 27
VP Records 35th Anniversary: Maxi Priest + Gyptian + Bunji Garlin & Fay Ann Lyons + Massive B
Central Park; 3pm

July 7
Our Latin Thing + DJ Afro
St. Mary’s Park, Bronx; 7pm

July 8

Systema Solar + Compass + Helado Negro
Central Park; 6pm

July 9
Cano Estremera
St. Mary’s Park; 7pm

July 14
The Chi-Lites
Queensbridge Park; 7pm

george-clintonJuly 15
George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic
Queensbridge Park; 7pm

July 16
Lyricist Lounge: “Live at the BBQ” featuring Large Professor + Marley Marl
Queensbridge Park; 7pm

nas-time-is-illmatic-thumbJuly 19
Pete Rock + Film Screening: Time Is Illmatic (2014)

Queensbridge Park; 7pm

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July 24

Nicki Minaj – Good Morning America Summer Concert

Rumsey Playfield; 7:00am – 9:00am

rock-steady-crew-38th-anniversary-concertJuly 26
Rock Steady 38th Anniversary Concert: Whodini + Big Daddy Kane
Central Park; 3pm

July 29
Jellybean Benetiz + DJ Street Tech + D-Train
Clove Lakes Park; 7pm

August 2
Brazil Summerfest: Nação Zumbi + Nation Beat’s Carnival Caravan feat. Cha Wa + Vinil Pompéia
Central Park; 3pm

August 8
Quantic + Gilles Peterson + Afrika Bambaataa
Central Park; 6pm

August 9

INVINCIBLE: Michael Jackson Tribute + Marika Hughes & Bottom Heavy
East River Park; 4pm

RakimAugust 11
Rakim + DJ Tedsmooth
Marcus Garvey Park, Harlem; 7pm

August 12
Mobile Mondays: Live Everybody Loves Roy Ayers
Marcus Garvey Park; 7pm

August 21
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Oliver Lake Big Band + King Solomon Hicks
Marcus Garvey Park; 6pm

August 22
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Dr. Lonnie Smith + Andy Bey + Jeff “Tain” Watts + Camille Thurman
Marcus Garvey Park; 3pm

August 23
Charlie Parker Jazz Festival: Joe Lovano + Rudresh Mahanthappa: Bird Calls + Myra Melford + Michael Mwenso
Tompkins Square Park; 3pm

Jazmine+Sullivan+1280x1024b500jazmineAugust 23
 RCA Summer Concert Celebration: Jazmine Sullivan + Jordan Bratton
Central Park; 3pm

リストを全部見たい人は以下、クリックしてください。

For complete listing please visit:

http://www.timeout.com/newyork/music/outdoor-s

ナズ、デビュー20周年 Nas’ Debut Album “Illmatic” Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

Illmatic XX

Illmatic XX

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今年2014年は、ヒップホップ・ファンなら誰もが大好きなラッパー、ナズのデビュー・アルバム「イルマティック」がリリースされて20周年。それにまつわる様々なイベントが開催されますのでご紹介します。

Nas Documentary Film “Time Is Illmatic”
すでにお伝えしたとおり、トライベッカ映画祭のオープニング・フィルムとして公開されたドキュメンタリー映画、「Time Is Illmatic」、一般公開間近。脚本、プロデュースは元Vibe音楽エディターのエリック・パーカー

Nasのドキュメンタリー映画を作ろうと思ったきっかけは、ヴァイブ・マガジン用のナズ特集記事の取材だったといいます。

2004年、ナズの大傑作と称賛されているデビュー・アルバム、Illmaticの10周年を記念して大特集を組むことになり、「ナズを語るうえでミシシッピー出身の父親、ジャズ・ミュージシャンのオル・ダラのストーリーは不可欠。ジャズからヒップホップへの音楽の変遷、親子二代の物語を伝えなければ意味がない。限られた雑誌の誌面では不可能」と、ドキュメンタリー制作を思いついたのだそう。当初はアルバムIllmaticがいかに作られたか、というビハインド・ザ・シーン的な作品を予定していたそうですが、当時のヒップホップの象徴、ストリートの生の姿を伝えようとエスカレートし、「Time Is Illmatic」というドキュメンタリー映画が出来上がりました。

10年の歳月を費やして完成した、「Time Is Illmatic」にはナズの育ったクィーンズ・ブリッジのプロジェクトはもちろん、父オル・ダラの故郷、ミシシッピーのナッチェスも登場します。ドラッグ問題、教育の現状、貧しいプロジェクトの生活など、ヒップホップ世代の現実が浮き彫りにされています。Illmatic に収録されている’One Love’のプロデューサーとしても知られるQティップや、ナズの弟のジャングルなども参加しています。

日本でも公開されると嬉しいですね。公開日程など詳細は追ってレポートいたします。

Illmatic XX リリース
ヒップホップのバイブル的存在の雑誌、「ザ・ソース」で5本マイクを獲得したアルバム、「イルマティック」のリイシュー・アルバム「IllmaticXX」が4/15発売されました。収録曲は同じ10曲、オリジナル・バージョンとリミックス・バージョン、さらに、未発表曲’I’m A Villain’を加えてのダブル・アルバム。以下、トラック・リストをご参照ください。アルバム・プロモートのイベントやツアー等いろいろ企画されていますので、こちらもあわせてレポートしたいと思います。すでにテレビ番組などでもナズをはじめ、オールド・スクール・ヒップホップ・アーティストがフィーチャーされて再認識されています。この夏はヒップホップ黄金期のアーティストのライヴで盛り上がりそうな気配……。

‘Illmatic XX’ 2x LP Tracklist:
Disc 1: Remastered original album
1. The Genesis
2. N.Y. State Of Mind
3. Life’s A Bitch
4. The World Is Yours
5. Halftime
6. Memory Lane (Sittin’ In Da Park)
7. One Love
8. One Time 4 Your Mind
9. Represent
10. It Ain’t Hard To Tell
Disc 2: Demos, Remixes & Live Radio
1. I’m A Villain (previously unreleased)
2. The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show on WKCR October 28, 1993 (previously unreleased freestyle)
3. Halftime (Butcher Remix)
4. It Ain’t Hard To Tell (Remix)(promo single)
5. One Love (LG Main Mix)
6. Life’s A Bitch (Arsenal Mix)(promo single)
7. One Love (One L Main Mix)
8. The World Is Yours (Tip Mix)
9. It Ain’t Hard To Tell (The Stink Mix)(UK single)
10. It Ain’t Hard To Tell (The Laidback Remix)(UK single)

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Nas’ Debut Album “Illmatic” Celebrates its 20th Anniversary

20 Years from the legendary “Illmatic” Album by Nas
Documentary Film “Time Is Illmatic”
Time is Illmatic tells the story of Nas’s journey to becoming a legendary MC, but also the conditions, realities, and cultures that shaped his debut.

Nas’s dad, Olu Dara is from Natchez, Mississippi, and is a jazz and blues musician. Nas is from Queensbridge and a rap artist. These two generations, they cover the Black northern migration, hip hop as a popular music for young black men, people living in projects, drugs because crack had come on to the scene, the education system and its failures–the different obstacles that young boys who want to become men have to face. This is what shaped Illmatic.

Though Time is Illmatic delves into the making of Nas’ 1994 groundbreaking album, most of the documentary traces experiences outside of the studio that affected the music being made within it. The film talks about social conditions and environmental influences that fueled its creation, like public school education, project housing, the crack epidemic of the 1980s, and the subsequent “War on Drugs.” Interviews with Nas’ Blues musician father, Olu Dara, his brother Jabari (Jungle), and emcee/producer Q-Tip gives fans a look at what fueled the intricate wordsmith to continuously innovate and bring the story of Queensbridge to the world’s stage.

Illmatic XX
Nas announces the impending release of Illmatic XX – the 20th anniversary edition of his seminal Illmatic LP. The two-disc project will feature completely remastered tracks along with rare remixes, unreleased demos and freestyles. Nas will tour in support of the release and plans to perform his debut LP in its entirety to celebrate the project’s anniversary.

‘Illmatic XX’ 2x LP Tracklist:
Disc 1: Remastered original album
1. The Genesis
2. N.Y. State Of Mind
3. Life’s A Bitch
4. The World Is Yours
5. Halftime
6. Memory Lane (Sittin’ In Da Park)
7. One Love
8. One Time 4 Your Mind
9. Represent
10. It Ain’t Hard To Tell
Disc 2: Demos, Remixes & Live Radio
1. I’m A Villain (previously unreleased)
2. The Stretch Armstrong and Bobbito Show on WKCR October 28, 1993 (previously unreleased freestyle)
3. Halftime (Butcher Remix)
4. It Ain’t Hard To Tell (Remix)(promo single)
5. One Love (LG Main Mix)
6. Life’s A Bitch (Arsenal Mix)(promo single)
7. One Love (One L Main Mix)
8. The World Is Yours (Tip Mix)
9. It Ain’t Hard To Tell (The Stink Mix)(UK single)
10. It Ain’t Hard To Tell (The Laidback Remix)(UK single)

Nas Opened Tribeca Film Festival ナズ&ドキュメンタリー映画トライベッカ映画祭のオープニングを飾る!

Time is Illmatic

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ニューヨーク、クイーンズ出身のラッパー、ナズのドキュメンタリー映画「Time Is Illmatic」が、ニューヨーク春の恒例イベント「トライベッカ映画祭」のこけら落とし作品に選ばれ、16日(水)ビーコン・シアターでスクリーニングとスペシャルパフォーマンスが開催された。

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