Everybody has their favorite pair of jeans. Whether you’re a person who prefers a pair of high-end designer jeans, or you may be like me and you are content with a plain comfortable pair, we all have our favorite. But what makes your favorite pair different from the rest? I found my favorite pair accidentally while shopping for an outfit to wear to a party that I ended up not even going to. I’m a bargain shopper, so I’m always sliding down the clearance aisle to see if I can find a steal. Low and behold I found a pair of Ralph Lauren jeans at a price I couldn’t resist, and the price was so low I can’t even tell you how much they were. Shoutout to Macy’s though! 

What makes them my favorite pair isn’t just the brand, but they’re super comfortable and fit perfectly. They are a lighter blue, so they pretty much go with everything. I’m also a sucker for versatility. 

Chloe Lonsdale, the founder of M.i.H jeans, offers a ton of versatility with her women’s jeans. Chloe was pretty much raised in the clothing industry, denim in particular. 

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Once upon a time, Breakdancing was once one of the highlights of the night at a party. From teen parties, to adult parties, people would gather around and watch as folks would battle for their rep. The competitive nature in hip-hop extends through every layer of it. The music, the artwork, and of course the dancing. Globally, breakdancing is one aspect of hip-hop that has been a staple, not only in hip-hop culture, but I’ve come to learn how greatly it’s received in other parts of the world. Fifteen-year-old Lorenzo Caboni, aka Bboy Lorenzo, is one of the people who taught me that lesson. 

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Following the success of 2020’s “King’s Disease,” the legendary rapper Nas and famed producer Hit-Boy decided to run it back and drop another album together. “King’s Disease,” was an incredible album for both Nas and Hit-Boy, as it marked the first Grammy award for Nas received during his 25+ year career. Prior to this award he had been nominated for 13 Grammy awards. Long overdue for sure, but it was well deserved as the two collaborated for what should go down as a modern-day classic.

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This summer will be full of good vibes, and the new music is going to play an intricate role in setting the stage. The hip-hop scene has come through with some heat from mainstays like Migos, a collaboration album from Lil Baby and Lil Durk, and newer artists like Polo G’s “Hall Of Fame,” and the late Pop Smoke’s “Shoot For The Stars'' each reached the Billboard 200 as of last week. The pop scene was also given a treat with Maroon 5’s release of “JORDI,” and Olivia Rodrigo is still holding onto the No.2 spot on the charts with her debut album “Sour.” As for the R&B scene, Giveon has held it down for the newcomers so far with his sophomore album “When It’s All Said and Done… Take Time,” but I expect that to change soon with the release of H.E.R’sBack of My Mind” album. 

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What’s your favorite horror movie series? I have two, The Amityville Horrors and most recently Insidious. I’ve always loved horror movies. When I was a kid, I loved the thrill of getting scared. 

The nightmares, though? 

That part was trash, but it never prevented me from checking out the next haunting or creepy movie. I’m more interested in the paranormal and possession movies, they seem more believable to me. It’s also a bonus if the film is based on a true story. The Conjuring series checks all of those boxes, and has done a good job at depicting what’s reported to be real-life events. So with the most recent film, The Conjuring 3: The Devil Made Me Do It, I was fully on board to check it out. 

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This year the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame will induct rappers Jay Z and LL Cool J along with several other groups and solo acts. They will respectively become the 8th and 9th hip-hop artists or groups to be honored by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. This is an honor, and while it may not be a focal point for some artists to achieve, it’s one that’s only given to hip-hop royalty. 

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