Tyler, The Creator x Converse
Earlier this week, Converse released a video announcing a collaboration with Tyler, The Creator for a new sneaker. In the video directed by Tyler’s “alter-ego,” Wolf Haley, Tyler is questioned about his relations with Converse just before him and a group go on to destroy numerous pairs of One Star’s. Though Tyler previously had been associated with Vans, he revealed why he left Vans for Converse in a recent interview with Dazed: “Imagine being in a fucking cocoon… Vans just wouldn’t let me grow. It was a ceiling and I was like, ‘Fuck this.’ Converse is allowing me to bloom, no pun intended, and it’s great.” The first sneaker that’s part of Tyler x Converse collection is a blue suede One Star, with Tyler’s Scum Fuck Flower Boy cover art on the insole. The sneaker was released online on Thursday, July 13th, at 10AM, but sold out very quickly. Tyler even tweeted, “them converse gon in 90 seconds ;cool ;get em dirty dont keep em in a box as a novelty flower boy july 21st.” Converse’s video announcing their collaboration with Tyler, as well as the blue suede One Star’s can be seen below.
Emma Stone Speaks Up
As the challenge of equal pay consistently surrounds Hollywood, Emma Stone has recently opened up about her salaries, as well as the salaries of her male co-stars. Stone recently revealed that some of her male co-stars have previously taken salary cuts in order for her to receive equal pay. In a recent interview with Out Magazine, Stone states, “In my career so far, I’ve needed my male co-stars to take a pay cut so that I may have parity with them. And that’s something they do for me because they feel it’s what’s right and fair.” She then goes on to consider the future of pay equality, “. . . our getting equal pay is going to require people to selflessly say, ‘That’s what’s fair.'” Rather than criticizing the film industry and Hollywood, Stone considers the greatest influencer to achieve pay equality as men. According to Stone, if male co-stars who have higher salaries take a pay-cut to match their female counterparts, then the female stars’ salary is likely to be increased in the future. Although Emma Stone has recently been confronting the issue, she is not the first to speak up against the increasingly unfair pay gaps, as other female stars such as Natalie Portman and Jennifer Lawrence have confronted the issue in the past.
Emmy Nominations Released
On Sunday, September 17th, the 69th annual Emmy Awards are set to take place, and this Thursday, the full list of nominations was released. Earning the most nominations was NBC’s “Saturday Night Live” and HBO’s “Westworld,” tied at 22 nominations each. HBO’s freshman series has been renewed for a second season, while “SNL” enjoyed its most-watched season in 23 years—Variety claims this is due to the Trump Administration and the recent election. Not far behind the two leaders is Netflix’s freshman series “Stranger Things,” at 19 nominations, while Netflix’s other hit series “The Crown” received a total of 13 nominations. Also at 13 nominations was Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” marking a huge step for the streaming service that hasn’t previously been on the awards scene. Although categories such as best drama have all new series nominated, the only newcomer to the best comedy category was FX’s “Atlanta,” created by and starring Donald Glover. The 69th Emmy Awards will be hosted by CBS’ Stephen Colbert and will air live on CBS at 5 p.m. PT/8 p.m. ET. The full list of nominations can be seen via the Variety link below.
Season 2: “Stranger Things”
Just before the nominations for this years Emmy Awards were released, Netflix announced the return date of their hugely successful hit, Stranger Things. The “sleeper hit” series, which received 19 total Emmy nominations, follows the residents of a small town as they discover and face mysterious forces in the area. Although Netflix ran a trailer during the 2017 Super Bowl pinning the Stranger Things second season release date as Halloween, they confirmed on Tuesday that the nine-episode season will return on October 27th. With the news of the earlier return date, Netflix released a poster image of the four kids—central from season one—staring up at the sky which appears to contain some sort of monster. The official description for season two reads, “It’s 1984 and the citizens of Hawkins, Indiana are still reeling from the horrors of the Demogorgon and the secrets of Hawkins Lab. Will Byers has been rescued from the Upside Down but a bigger, sinister entity still threatens those who survived.” The trailer and poster for Stranger Things’ second season can be seen below.
The SoundCloud Scene
Last week, we discussed SoundCloud’s efforts to reduce costs, including their laying-off of 173 employees—over 40 percent of their staff—as well as the closure of two major international offices. A statement released later on from Alex Ljung explained the major cost-cutting, “by reducing our costs and continuing our revenue growth, we’re on our path to profitability and in control of SoundCloud’s independent future.” However, recent developments may have revealed that Ljung’s statement was merely a hopeful mask covering chaos. At an all-hands employee meeting, co-founders Alex Ljung and Eric Wahlforss delivered some upsetting news. According to TechCrunch, and sources they have within SoundCloud, Ljung and Wahlforss revealed in the meeting that the cost-cutting only allows for the company to last until Q4, which begins in about 80 days. When confronted with the leaked news, SoundCloud PR officials reported that they are fully funded into Q4 and are looking for potential investors. Separate from efforts to stay afloat, employees have told TechCrunch that the morale within the Berlin-based company is lower than ever, “It’s pretty shitty. Pretty somber. I know people who didn’t get the axe are actually quitting. The people saved from this are jumping ship.” Whether SoundCloud is acquired by another company or supported by independent investors, it’s clear what users and artists want: someone to save the platform of garage recordings and bedroom remixes. More recently, after word spread questioning SoundCloud’s future, Chance The Rapper tweeted claiming he was, “working on the SoundCloud thing.” On Thursday, the Chicago rapper said that he had a “very fruitful call” with co-founder Alex Ljung, and that the Berlin-based streaming platform is “here to stay.”
by Sabrina Ghantous