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Women as Music Producers: The Movement

TALLAHASSEE, FL – Barnard College graduate, Ebonie Smith, is a diligent entrepreneur committed to encouraging women to join her in her craft. Partnering with Barnard College, Smith started Eudora House Music Production & Publishing in hopes to see more women in this male-dominated industry. The company led the movement, which started in 2009 and is still going strong in New York City now. 

2014-03-25-EbBackgroundforWeb2-thumbDiane Propsner, huffingtonpost.com

Meet Ebonie Smith, a gifted producer, songwriter and entrepreneur who has an astounding commitment to helping women join a currently male dominated craft. Smith said, “ Seven years ago I was an undergraduate at Bernard College with big dreams of a career in music production. This college has given me the opportunity to make change and influenced me to pursue a masters degree in music technology at New York University.”

Following Smiths New York University graduation, Smith went on to start the Eudora House Music Production & Publishing, a boutique music production company. Smith has also created an event dedicated to supporting women in music production. The Gender Amplified Music Festival, held last September, is a movement led to celebrate and support women music producers.

Barnard College says, “The festival gathers women to the college campus for a daylong production. The event includes live performances of works produced by women; panels on music production and instructional workshops geared toward high-school-and college-aged youth to encourage them to pursue music production and technology.”


The most intriguing part of this story is that Smith went from a student majoring in African American studies to an impressive career in music production.  Her interests were also in basketball, math, and science so when she left high school Smith was challenged with choosing her major.

Barnard College, founded in 1889, is a private women’s that is a member of the seven sisters.  “Barnard women change the world and the way we think about it,” says Bernard College.

Ebonie Smith is no exception to Barnards standards what a career women should be.  Smith’s broader goal is to control social consciousness through musical exploration and education. Her influence in this field will continue to grow as she continues to bring attention to this movement in this uncharted field.

When asked how Barnard College helped her music career Smith says, “Attending Barnard College helped my career in a number of ways. The liberal arts instruction allowed me to design a multidisciplinary course of study that combined music technology, African diaspora studies, and gender and women’s studies. This academic path provided the foundation for Gender Amplified.”

Barnard College sparked Smiths interest in music and gave her the motivation needed to pursue a very unexplored path. Smith sees a bright future for women as music producers and plans to keep her festival going strong for many more years.

By, Ryan Allen,
with contributions from huffingtonpost.com
Photo, huffingtonpost.com
Video, youtube.com

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Young & Reckless Summer 2014 “Aztec Pack” Featuring Lil Durk

Young & Reckless opens up the summer 2014 season with a special “Aztec Pack” donned by rapper Lil Durk. Consisting of several tees, button-ups and tanks, the collection features the eponymous motifs printed onto black and white bases with the odd splash of color accenting sleeves. Of particular mention is the black and white button-up with an all-over Aztec pattern broken only by a solid black breast pocket.

Look for the Aztec Pack and the rest of Young & Reckless’ collections now over at the Young & Reckless website.

Image of Young & Reckless Summer 2014 "Aztec Pack" Featuring Lil Durk

Image of Young & Reckless Summer 2014 "Aztec Pack" Featuring Lil Durk

Image of Young & Reckless Summer 2014 "Aztec Pack" Featuring Lil Durk

Image of Young & Reckless Summer 2014 "Aztec Pack" Featuring Lil Durk

Image of Young & Reckless Summer 2014 "Aztec Pack" Featuring Lil Durk

Image of Young & Reckless Summer 2014 "Aztec Pack" Featuring Lil Durk

Image of Young & Reckless Summer 2014 "Aztec Pack" Featuring Lil Durk

Reebok Instapump Fury OG “Y2K”

Originally released back in 2000 to celebrate the start of a new millennium, the “Y2K” edition of the Instapump Fury is on tap for a return from Reebok this summer. Part of the brand’s ongoing 20th anniversary celebration for the unique runner, the “Y2K” edition boasts an OG build of breathable “French Blue” mesh with contrasting white, “Flat Grey,” and “Sun Rock” accents throughout. Due out May 23, the Instapump Fury OG “Y2K” can be pre-ordered online now from Tokyo’s atmos.

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Kanye West’s adidas Collection Won’t Release Until 2015


The latest news from the saga that is the Kanye West x adidas collaboration would indicate that ‘Ye will be done designing by June, with the official release slated for slightly under a year later in spring 2015. This information arrives in the face of previous statements that hinted the collaborative collection would hit shelves September 2014. Kanye used the adidas Global Brand Conference as an opportunity to disclose new details on the project, including his plans to present the collection internally at adidas before making the reported 20 shoe collection available for public viewing.


colette x AMBUSH 2014 Spring/Summer Capsule Collection

Having already teamed up with both United Arrows & Sons and SHOWstudio this season, VERBAL- and YOON-helmed Japanese imprint AMBUSH joins renowned Parisian boutique colette for a Spring/Summer 2014 capsule collection. Highlighted by the French retailer’s signature blue, the range includes a beanie alongside a silver necklace and a set of pill-shaped resin earrings. The collaborative trio is now available to pre-order online and is set for a release later this season.

Image of colette x AMBUSH 2014 Spring/Summer Capsule Collection

Image of colette x AMBUSH 2014 Spring/Summer Capsule Collection

Image of colette x AMBUSH 2014 Spring/Summer Capsule Collection

Drake Goes Undercover on Jimmy Kimmel Live

Fresh off the announcement that he would be hosting this year’s ESPYs for ESPN, Drake made an appearance on last night’s installment of Jimmy Kimmel Live. The highlight: Drake’s own appearance as an undercover reporter for Kimmel’s Lie Witness News. Hilariously disguised in a wig, shaggy beard, and glasses, the rapper hit Hollywood Blvd. to catch pedestrians’ thoughts on Drake himself and his performance on the ESPYs – an awards show that hasn’t yet even taken place. Check out the ridiculous comments above and catch Drake at this year’s ESPY Awards on July 16.


OVO artist PARTYNEXTDOOR takes it upon himself to lay his own vocals over boss-man Drake’s “Days in the East” record by inviting listeners to visit the “West District.” In providing a soundtrack to a smooth summer night, the Canadian artist adds to the anticipation for his forthcoming debut album. After listening to the above track and letting us know your thoughts below, check out PARTYNEXTDOOR’s newly-launched website PARTYOMO.com.

Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski “Hacky Sack”

Soon, Nike SB will pay homage to the popular woven footbags of the 1980s with a brand new “Hacky Sack” edition of Stefan Janoski‘s signature low-top footwear. Inspired by a piece of fabric Nike SB’s designer spotted on the streets of Tokyo, the release pairs a striped multicolor upper with contrasting black accents, white rubber foxing, and proprietary Zoom cushioning. Look for these to hit PacSun on April 19.

Image of Nike SB Zoom Stefan Janoski "Hacky Sack"

Oki-Ni FOCUS on Hybrid Sneakers

Created by set designer Andrew Stellitano and photographer Sam Hofman, Oki-Ni‘s “FOCUS on Hybrid Sneakers” exhibits the full spectrum of footwear design by focusing on transformation of conventional sneakers into unique hybrids of sports, luxury and fashion. The photo exhibit features designs from Rick Owens and Lanvin as well as collaborations between adidas and Raf Simons. Enjoy the piece above and shop the styles here.

Image of Oki-Ni FOCUS on Hybrid Sneakers

Image of Oki-Ni FOCUS on Hybrid Sneakers

Image of Oki-Ni FOCUS on Hybrid Sneakers

Image of Oki-Ni FOCUS on Hybrid Sneakers

Image of Oki-Ni FOCUS on Hybrid Sneakers

Image of Oki-Ni FOCUS on Hybrid Sneakers

Gucci “Techno Color Sunglasses” Film by James Franco

American actor, screenwriter and director James Franco has been appearing in Gucciadvertisements since 2009 while also collaborating on various creative projects, such as producing  The Director in 2013 – a documentary based on the Italian fashion house’s creative director Frida Giannini. His latest endeavor sees him direct and star in a new short film. Titled “Techno Color Sunglasses,” the film was shot at the famous Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, where Franco and his cute accomplice are found clad in 2014 spring’s Techo Colo Sunglasses collection. Iterating iconic eyewear silhouettes with special lightweight alloys and bold colored lenses, have a glimpse at the new range here and enjoy the film.

Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit “Multicolor”

Nike’s recently introduced new Nike Free 4.0 Flynit is set to drop this weekend in a vibrant “multicolor” colorway. A classic Flyknit color treatment, on the Free 4.0 its paired with black mesh and a white Free 4.0 sole for an eye-catching look. Be on the lookout for the shoe at select stockists including Invincible starting Saturday, April 12.

Image of Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit "Multicolor"

Image of Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit "Multicolor"

Image of Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit "Multicolor"Image of Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit "Multicolor"

Vince Staples – Life Chronicles

Debuting with Shyne Coldchain Vol. 1 in 2011, Vince Staples took the blogsphere by storm with his compelling music — a blend of California’s laid-back rap style and introverted lyrics. Now on his fourth mixtape, the Long Beach rapper continues to marvel his audience,most recently with 2014′s Shyne Coldchain Vol.2. As part of Los Angeles’s growing collective of young rappers, Staples has collaborated with close friends Odd Future — most prominently with Earl Sweateshirt on “Hive” — while reputable producers such as Evidence, DJ Babu and No ID have also shown support in the mixtape sequel. In the latest episode of HYPETRAK TV, the humble rapper speaks on his relationship with Def Jam, his favorite line from Shyne Coldchain Vol.2 and working with James Fauntleroy on “Nate,” in addition to how his childhood plays a big part in his rhyming content. For more music news head to HYPETRAK.

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