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The República Update
The Republica Update is a lifestyle destination that delivers quality information to its community of readers. We cover community events, pop culture, branding, trends, technology, the arts and social issues from a Latino & transcultural perspective.
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FUKUSHIMA CAUSES RADIOACTIVE CALIFORNIA TUNA
2012-05-31 18:54:00
The Wall Street Journal reports on how last year's Fukushima Nuclear Plant meltdown is now affecting bluefin tuna that migrate to the California coast of the United States . Surprisingly, researchers are saying that they have detected radioactive cesium isotopes in all of the fish they have tested. Of course, the actual news report and its "experts" are claiming a low to minimum radiation count, but the wise consumer should note otherwise. Unfortunately we all may have to start thinking twice about that sushi...
More About: News , Health , Japan
MCDONALD'S SPONSORS LATISM CONTROVERSY
2012-05-31 18:26:00
It's amazing what some good public relation dollars can buy you now-a-days. Apparently the McDonald 's New York Metro Nutrition Network (great euphamism right?) is under the controversy scope this week for partnering up with Latinos In Social Media (LATISM). Critics like author Odilia Rivera Santos point out the almost blatant disregard for health and socio-economic conditions in the Latin communities by the golden arches. I mean really--sponsorship is one thing--but outright sleeping with the enemy, that's a bit too much! Here's what the valiant writer went on the Twitter record to say. We completely agree:
More About: Politics , Health , Cultura , Food and Drink
PERALTA PROJECT SUMMER 2012
2012-05-30 15:24:00
Señor M. Tony Peralta drops his signature Hecho A Mano series for the summer and things can't get any hotter, literally. There's tanks, hats, crop tops, tees, you name it--all in the spirit of Uptown Manhattan (Wash Heights) and the hot, sticky season that New York City is so famous for! Cop it here.
More About: Fashion , Summer , Project , Style , Tees
SF TREAT #10 PREMIERE
2012-05-30 14:57:00
Our good friend Josh over on the West Coast (San Francisco to be exact) has been recently responsible for putting together some of the gnarliest skateboard montages around. So much so, that Slap Magazine has jumped on board (pun intended) and helped the homie produce an event to commemorate the release of the 10th edition of the San Francisco Treat series. It premieres this Thursday May 31st over at Mars Bars. Any Cali locals close enough to check it out should definitely stop by and tell Josh that we said wattup!
More About: Sports , Events , Film , Premiere
PLANNED PARENTHOOD'S TUMBLR
2012-05-29 18:44:00
Who would've thought? As taboo as Planned Parenthood (a resource for sexual and reproductive health information) can be, they sure do know how to rock an awesome Tumblr page that balances facts and quirks. Serious info in a not-so-serious fashion, we can dig it!
More About: Family , Health , Information , Creative , Weblogs
NIKE SPORTSWEAR SUMMER FOOTBALL COLLECTION
2012-05-29 18:00:00
With summer athletics rolling in, Nike Sportswear is gearing up with a pop collection of footwear classics. The brand pays tribute to the colors of performance boots worn by national team players this summer in Ukraine, Munich and Poland. Hence, the Nike Air Max 1, Nike Cortez, Nike Tennis Classic AC and Nike Gato in electric greens, blue accents, and solar reds.
More About: Football , Summer
MYLO'S EPP DISCOMIX
2012-05-29 03:37:00
Scottish electronic music maven, Mylo, drops his latest mix for fans all over the globe. Nothing but original Disco-tempo-inspired goodness for all your barbecues, summer rooftop parties or personal jams. Hell, we're throwing this one on just to clean the office over here at República. Now dance!
More About: Music , Scotland , Party , Summer , Barbecue
SATURN WORSHIP 101
2012-05-29 03:07:00
From the logos on the world's most prominent companies to the sacred geometry of both Judaism and Islam , all are rooted in the esoteric worship of the planet Saturn. We stumbled upon this user-made video that gives a pretty accurate summary of it all. Prepare to have most of your mind blown, especially if your third eye isn't particularly active...
More About: Science , Ideas , History , Satan
ROBIN FALCK MICRO CABIN
2012-05-27 03:16:00
Architect, Robin Falck, decided on Finland as the place to build his 96-square foot micro cabin. The ingenius home includes a ground floor living area, kitchen, bathroom, sleeping loft and side patio. All built out of recycled material at a cost of $10K USD. Where can we order one of these?
More About: Design , Architecture , Luxury , Home
SAK TZEVUL INDIGENOUS ROCK
2012-05-27 02:09:00
Presenting the indigenous sounds of Batz?i rock band Sak Tzevul. Comprised of Mexican band members, the group plays to a global beat comprised symphonic medlies, violins, indigenous chants, and earthy sounds. Their latest video for The Day (shot by Frank Beltrán) is a compelling look into the natural landscape of Chiapas, Mexico . Prepare to be awed!
More About: Band , Music , Travel , Film
AMERICAN CELEBRITIES IN MUSLIM ATTIRE
2012-05-26 02:31:00
The America n demonization of Muslim culture finally gets an appropriate push-back via Bahraini artist, Mohammed Kanoo. Dubai's Meem Gallery is currently hosting an exhibit (May 15th-July 5th) by Kanoo titled Fun With Fen--a series of digital prints that depicts famous American celebrities like Clint Eastwood, Angelina Jolie , Amy Winehouse, Will Smith and others in traditional Muslim garb. Something to really think about, especially regarding the current state of Middle East ern diplomacy and tolerance.
More About: Politics , Ideas
ANTI-THEFT LUNCH BAGS
2012-05-26 02:24:00
Is someone snatching your prized sandwich from the office refrigerator? Or maybe a pesky roommate at the apartment or school? Fear not as the clever designers of The. have created a series of anti-theft lunch bags that are guaranteed to fool the food thieves. The bags are printed with blotches that resemble mold. Refrigerator warfare at its finest!
More About: Creative , Design , Bags , Lunch , School
AMERICAN CELEBRITIES IN MUSLIM ATTIRE
2012-05-26 02:22:00
The America n demonization of Muslim culture finally gets an appropriate push-back via Bahraini artist, Mohammed Kanoo. Dubai's Meem Gallery is currently hosting an exhibit (May 15th-July 5th) by Kanoo titled Fun With Fen--a series of digital prints that depicts famous American celebrities like Clint Eastwood, Angelina Jolie , Amy Winehouse, Will Smith and others in traditional Muslim garb. Something to really think about, especially regarding the current state of Middle East ern diplomacy and tolerance.
More About: Politics , Ideas
BE HEARD IN MOROCCO
2012-05-24 16:01:00
Faithful República contributor and professional photographer, Be Heard, recently embarked on a visually stunning visit to Morocco , North Africa . Here are a few snapshots of the trip--a quiet look into a culturally-rich universe that few are fortunate and brave enough to visit and capture. Fans can check out more of Be's work here.
More About: Travel , Photography
DAVID BANNER'S 2M1 EMPOWERMENT PROJECT
2012-05-24 15:38:00
Hip-Hop renaissance man, David Banner, is currently using his star power to encourage artists and creatives to control their own music and content. His 2M1 Movement is calling for two million people to donate $1 dollar to create their own pipeline and opportunity outside of record labels and distribution conglomerates. Mr. Banner makes several points concerning the intrinsic devaluation of current "urban" music and culture. He points out how "free" albums and mixtapes contribute to the devalued state of urban culture and product.
More About: Politics , America , Ideas , Music , Culture
BLACK AND WHITE PEOPLE FURNITURE
2012-05-23 18:24:00
Although we're not exactly sure about the case of race relations down in the American state of North Carolina, the following commercial for The Red House Furniture Store certainly raises our brows. If the jingle alone doesn't blow your mind, just wait until it gets to "black" or "white" furniture. And to think--all this time and historical tension--and racism will ultimately end with the purchase of a brand-new couch or bed. Epic!
More About: Comedy , People , Commercial , Branding , Community
GOOGLE'S ODE TO ROBERT MOOG
2012-05-23 17:48:00
Music and sound enthusiasts should know that today, May 23, 2012 marks the 78th birthday of Robert Moog (2005), father of modern electronic sound. The New York City-born inventor pioneered the electronic instrument market--one of his most famous creations being the Moog synthesizer. Google is paying tribute on their homepage via an actual flash-based version of the machine. Users can play, record and even embed their own custom sounds. Check it out and then find out more about Moog's instruments and legacy at Moog Music Inc.
More About: Ideas , Education , Music , Creative
MAP OF LIFE
2012-05-21 17:00:00
If Google and National Geographic had a baby, surely The Map of Life project would be it. The online platform project allows users to research animal species and their locations on the globe. While not exactly complete (more species are continuously being added) the interactive map will serve a very crucial role in helping researchers work together says Yale researcher, Walter Jetz:
More About: Science , Education , Technology , Animals
DEADLINE CLOTHING
2012-05-21 14:00:00
It's not often we focus on any new Streetwear brands here at República. In other words, you've got to be pretty interesting to impress us. Enter Deadline Ltd a New York City-based apparel line that draws its inspiration from early and late 90's Hip-Hop music and culture. We're talking H.N.I.C. snapbacks, Boyz N The Hood font and No Limit-inspired graphics. With all the bland, clean-cut couture in recent Streetwear, we can appreciate some great urban sensibility. Word is bond son!
More About: Music , Clothing , Fashion , Hip-hop , Shirts
WEPA HITS BROOKLYN'S DEKALB MARKET
2012-05-18 18:20:00
The Original Home of Afro-House + Latin Soul (WEPA) hits Brooklyn, New York City this weekend with the first in a series of open market jams at the Dekalb Market . Expect food, art, goods and tunes!
More About: Family , Music , Events , Community
VICE MEETS BRETT RATNER
2012-05-18 18:01:00
International purveyors of all things cool and crazy, Vice, recently sat down with renowned movie and music video director, Brett Ratner (Tower Heist, Rush Hour, Redman, Public Enemy, Madonna ) to give viewers an intimate look at the man behind the blockbusters. Film makers and fans alike will find the interview quite interesting, as the manic visionary drops infinite gems about how he got started by watching Brian De Palma and Al Pacino on the set of Scarface, hanging around the original Miami Vice series, linking with then-record label creator, Russell Simmons and tons of other amazing side stories. Worth the watch!
More About: Media , Music , Interview
YOUNG WONDER BLOG
2012-05-16 15:25:00
Presenting Young Wonder, a savvy crew of young (and probably underage) "Tumblr girls" (post-modern internet hipsters) with the brains to match their creative brawn. The gals travel around covering the latest and greatest in underground fashion, music and general cool-cat mayhem in a well-photographed, vintage-filter aesthetic. Check them out. No fake IDs necessary.
More About: Media , Music , Creative , Photography , Girls
THE AVANT GARDE DIARIES: CIRCE WALLACE + NICOLAS MULLER
2012-05-16 13:00:00
Digital interview magazine, The Avant Garde Diaries, presents their latest piece on snowboarders Circe Wallace and Nicolas Muller. The beautifully shot interview-slash-shred session is very nice on the eyes. The insightful thoughts about snowboarding and society are also quite nice on the brain. We digs it!
More About: Society , Ideas , Sports , Film , Magazines
THE OATMEAL: WHY NIKOLA TESLA WAS THE GREATEST GEEK WHO EVER LIVED
2012-05-15 10:36:00
Online comic strip site, The Oatmeal, presents reasons for why Serbian-born inventor, Nikola Tesla , was the greatest geek who ever lived. A bunch of them include Thomas Edison's sabotage of his great work (referred to as douchebaggery) and a slew of inventions and ideas that were mooched from him by other dudes (not cool, bro). Check out the full page of details and illustration goodness here and do yourself a favor and research Mr. Tesla. Those that don't know will be amazed at what they find!
More About: Comedy , Technology , Inventions , History
DANNY BROWN + PITCHFORK TV: DETROIT STATE OF MIND
2012-05-15 09:38:00
Detroit-bred MC, Danny Brown, was given the documentary treatment thanks to Pitchfork. The eccentric phenom was tailed in his hometown for a few days. The following is what transpired--urban scenes that give viewers an insight into Brown's wild mind and raps. Detroit, what!
More About: Music , House , Film , Documentary , Techno
COSTAS KONDYLIS DOCUMENTARY
2012-05-14 21:01:00
We stumbled upon this documentary on the European-born architect, Costas Kondylis, thanks to Thirteen and their series Treasures Of New York: Building Stories. Needless to say, we were rather impressed with the story of an immigrant architect who struggled to find artistic identity in the midst of pressure and compromise from real estate forces. Definitely worth a peep!
More About: Design , Architecture , Film , Real Estate , Documentary
HOW BIKES WERE MADE IN 1945
2012-05-14 18:15:00
The following is a black-and-white short on the assembly line process of building bicycles in 1945 (Yep, post WWII). The film, How A Bicycle Is Made (courtesy of the British Council), showcases how Raleigh's popular cruiser was born from drawing table inception to customer use--back when bicycles were intended to provide relaxation, health and happiness--now we've got iGadgets and cumbersome technology for that, no? Yea, right...
More About: Bikes
JR AND JOSÉ PARLÁ COVER HAVANA
2012-05-11 14:26:00
Street artists JR and José Parlá have joined forces to recently install murals in Havana, Cuba . The project, part of JR's "Wrinkles Of The City", fuses his large-scale photography with Parla's texture and typographic work, resulting in some rather stunning (and fitting) pieces for the famous Cuban capital city.
More About: Creative , Design , Travel , Photography
U.S. ARMY VETERAN EXPLAINS WAR
2012-05-11 14:00:00
The following is a thought-provoking speech delivered by political activist and former United States soldier, Mike Prysner. He goes on to explain how the institution of racism is pivotal in enforcing war and fooling the masses into dying for oppressive causes. As if it weren't any more clear, the speech exposes how the poor are sent to obliterate other poor people on a sadistic global checkerboard for the elite. Good morning Vietnam, Afghanistan, Iraq and the list that goes on...
More About: Politics , Ideas , Government
DISCOTECTURE: NIGHTLIFE DESIGN
2012-05-10 20:45:00
Vice and Heineken team up to bring us a series dedicated to the architecture of nightlife. Discotecture: Episode 1 focuses on five young designers from different disciplines that converge to create their vision of an ideal venue. Peep the project as Mark Van Iterson (Heineken Design & Concept Manager), the team and different venue owners breakdown the values of conceptualizing and manifesting good design.
More About: Ideas , Music , Creative , Branding
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