Frank Ocean’s Statement Tee
“WHY BE RACIST, SEXIST, HOMOPHOBIC OR TRANSPHOBIC WHEN U COULD JUST BE QUIET?" This is what Frank Ocean’s t-shirt read at Panorama Music Festival in New York City last Friday. With recent political events—specifically President Trump banning transgender people from the military—the loud, anti-discriminatory message could not have been delivered at a more perfect time; And who better to deliver the message than one of the world’s most significant, influential musicians? The person behind the now-famous slogan tee is 18-year-old Kayla Robinson. Robinson is the CEO of the independent clothing store called Green Box Shop, which has been blowing up since Ocean sported the t-shirt on stage. The 18-year-old that identifies as Afro-Latina and bisexual started making politically-charged t-shirts in 2016 out of an 800 square foot apartment. In a statement with The FADER, Robinson touched on her mission: “My business is essentially my life message. I want other companies to know that they can use sustainable/ environmentally friendly business practices (fair trade and/or organic fabrics) and still thrive as a business. The fact that Frank Ocean is contributing to this reality is surreal for me and I am eternally grateful." You can cop the t-shirt on Robinson’s site here:
“13 Reasons Why” Faces Scrutiny
A recent research study revealed that the Netflix hit “13 Reasons Why” may have ignited a sharp rise in online searches about suicide. The research study was published in JAMA Internal Medicine, and stated that “all suicide queries were cumulatively 19% (95% CI, 14%-24%) higher for the 19 days following the release of 13 Reasons Why, reflecting 900 000 to 1.5 million more searches than expected.” Although the study heavily focused on negative internet searches concerning suicide, it also mentioned that suicide prevention searches increased too. While the study’s numbers strongly support an increase in internet searches on suicide, there is no way to tell whether or not the Netflix show caused any harm to anyone. Overall, the report concludes by stating, “our analyses suggest ’13 Reasons Why,’ in its present form, has both increased suicide awareness while unintentionally increasing suicidal ideation.”
FOMO From Webster Hall
On Wednesday, Tyler, the Creator announced that he would be performing a surprise show following the launch of his new collab with Converse (One Star x Golf le Fleur collab). Before the One Star’s sold out everywhere, fans were encouraged to lineup outside of the Foot Locker in Times Square in hopes of acquiring a ticket to Tyler’s surprise show—which would be handed out to the first 150 customers. Later, on Thursday night, fans flooded the Studio at New York City’s Webster Hall. However, attendees didn’t know that they were about to experience one of the best gig lineups of the year. None other than Frank Ocean joined Tyler on stage to perform “Where This Flower Blooms” from Tyler’s new album Flower Boy. And the surprises didn’t stop there, as A$AP Rocky was invited to the stage to perform “Who Dat Boy,” also from Tyler’s New Album. It’s safe to say that the crowd was blown away, and those who weren’t at the show were left with severe FOMO. Videos of the performances can be viewed below.
For the first time since 2002, the Summer Olympic Games will be hosted in the United States. Deals were announced on Monday that the 2028 Summer Olympics will be held in Los Angeles, California. Negotiations had been underway for a few months, as the International Olympic Committee was in the process of deciding where the 2024 Olympic Games would be held. With the two remaining contenders being Paris and L.A., the Committee decided to grant two games at once, awarding the 2024 Olympics to Paris and the 2028 Olympics to Los Angeles—an unusual move for the committee. This will be Los Angeles’s third time hosting the Games, after hosting in 1932 and 1984. The Chairman of the bid committee commented on the opening, stating, “this opportunity is unprecedented… Never has an organizing committee had 11 years to prepare.”
A Week of Visuals
A number of significant visuals surfaced this past week. The videos include Kendrick Lamar’s Loyalty, SZA’s Supermodel, Khalid’s Young Dumb & Broke, and Lorde’s Perfect Places. Catch up on all the visuals below.
by Sabrina Ghantous