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Black Mythology and Folklore Exists, It’s Just Not Mainstream

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Michael B. Jordan currently faces slight backlash and criticism for his comments in a Vanity Fair interview. He spoke on the lack of black mythology and folklore, and how it’s important for black people to create their own mythology because it helps people dream.

“We don’t have any mythology, black mythology, or folklore. Creating our own mythology is very important because it helps dream. You help people dream.”-Michael B. Jordan

Some Twitter users commented on Jordan’s statement of not having any mythology or folklore for black culture, deeming his statement erroneous and ignorant.

Vanity Fair tweeted a response to the criticism of the actor’s statement. The tweet provided more context to Jordan’s quote revealing that he referred to making black mythology and folklore more prevalent in the television and film industries.

Other people tweeted that Jordan’s ignorance of the existence of black mythology and folklore is significant. His ignorance defines just how popular it is among black culture.

On Oct. 2, Vanity Fair tweeted a link to the November issue cover story saying, “Black Panther actor and V.F. cover star Michael B. Jordan details his move from matinee idol to Hollywood mogul-and why he needs people to know he can do more than just act.”

Michael B. Jordan has since not responded to the criticism.

However, Jordan openly discussing a lack of black mythology and folklore in television and film presents a major concern. Ironic as it sounds, a black actor who’s most recent and prominent role as Marvel’s Erik Killmonger believes that mythology and folklore is not the forefront of mainstream media.

It may not seem like a big concern to those who already know about the deep, rich history of black mythology and folklore, but there are people like Jordan who has never heard of or known this to exist. Him exposing his own ignorance allows others like him to realize their own ignorance, too.

What do you all think?

Please comment below and in other culture news, Jordan Brand x Paris Saint-Germain Collab?

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Kanye To Drop Mauve Yeezy Boost 700 Next Week

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Yeezy has been in the spotlight several times over the last month because of political ties with Donald Trump.

With all of the negativity that has come Kanye’s way, alot of people have been left a bad taste in their mouth.  Even with everything that has happened, many people are still in awe of Adidas flagship line Yeezy.

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For the past several months, everyone has seen several different variations of the Yeezy Boost 700 color scheme. Next weekend, there will be an official second colorway for the Yeezy Boost 700. The next color will be “Mauve”, being released on October 27th. The color will be released on Kanye’s Yeezy Supply website, Adidas.com, and other selected Adidas retailers.

The shoe will retail at $300, but is just about guranteed to triple in price for resale online. Details of the beloved shoe include a full-length drop in boost midsole and an upper composed mauve suede with premium leather. The sneaker will also have a gum sole and reflective heel as well.

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A New Self-Lubricating Condom Could Make Your Sex Life Skyrocket

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Let’s face it, most people hate condoms, because there’s a lack of sensation when wearing one.

That’s why a team of scientists designed a self-lubricating condom that reduces friction and increases pleasure. The condoms were invented as past of the Bill and Melinda Foundation competition. Scientists were offered $100,000 if they could design a condom for the “next generation.”  As part of the competition, scientists had to develop a rubber that would make more people want to use them. Currently, only one third of men in the U.S. participate in safe sex. There were nearly 2.3 million STDs reported in the United States last year. With sexually transmitted infections on the rise, the need to strap up never seemed so important.

The winning condom creates it’s own moisture, and can withstand up to 1,000 thrusts. That equals out to roughly 16 minutes of uninterrupted sex. It was tested by 33 participants, who used their hands to feel for the difference between three types of material. There were non-lubricated condoms, lubricated condoms, and the experimental condom. Reports showed that 73 percent of people preferred the newly designed one.

How does it work?

The lubricated layer is coated in hydrophilic polymers. This causes the condom to become more wet when met with moisture. Scientists hope that this will increase safe sex practices, while making sex more enjoyable.

The new condoms haven’t been tested in the actual bedroom yet, but the scientists hope to get their product in stores within two years. If successful, sales will start in Southeast Asia.

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The Late Show: Showcasing Young and Untapped Potential

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      Typically, when underground rap scenes are discussed, cities like New York City and Chicago are the focus of the dialogue. However, Philadelphia is a city that deserves the same recognition. Philly has some of the most creative rappers in the country. “The Late Show” that Hypefresh Magazine covered proves that.

       Hosted by Michael Humphrey, “The Late Show” premiered at Bourbon and Branch in the Northern Liberties section of the city. The turnout was pretty good, with artists being their friends and managers. Everyone congregated either around the bar or on the dance floor, as they talked and got to know each other. It made the show as much of a social event as a music concert, which got rid of any tension in the room and brought a relaxed vibe.

           The performances got started once all the artists were ready. There was not a bad performance throughout the show. Every artist knew how to interact with the crowd and keep them engaged while they ran through their set. Not only that, but their music was actually good.

        There are a few performances that stood out amongst the other ones. One of them was by Dolce Dev. Dev ran through a few of his better-known songs, that the crowd loved. On stage, he made every part of his performance entertaining. His energy was infectious as it spread the crowd and caused them to move along. Dev kept the crowd pumped up throughout his time on stage and left them wanting more.

       The next performance deserves to be highlighted was by Cesar and Ren, who make up the group 4VR. The duo performed some of the old tracks as well as one that they had just finished production on that day. Cesar is very extroverted while Ren is an introvert. On stage, their personalities complimented each other, while they moved in sync with each other. Another thing that stood out about them was their music. 4VR performed RNB music, as opposed to the hardcore rap of the other performance, with a lot of influence by early 2000’s soul music. It was refreshing to hear some light melodies, after listening to the bars of the previous performers.

       If you enjoyed this recap of “The Late Show” be sure to keep following Hypefresh, as we will be covering more shows like this. “The Late Show” will be coming back soon and for more info on it, follow Michael Humphrey on Instagram.

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