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SAMURAI RIDES: MIAMI – ART BASEL 2017 WITH THE 2018 MAZDA CX-3

SAMURAI RIDES: MIAMI – ART BASEL 2017 WITH THE 2018 MAZDA CX-31(13)

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I can’t think of a better way to wrap up my year than in Miami returning to Art Basel. Last year I wasn’t able to make it down as I was preparing to enter Digital Daddyhood but now I’m back and I’m blessed to have my little buddy on the road with me too even if Max may not remember it. But I knew as soon as I confirmed that I was going to be down here I had to get a new little toy to run the Florida streets and without fail, the 2018 Mazda CX-3 was on deck for the weekend. I was sad that I didn’t have a longer stretch of time to really put this vehicle through its paces but for the weekend that I was there,  it did everything that I needed and then some.

Making my way from Fort Lauderdale International I picked up the 2018 CX-3 and made my way right to Lynwood for my first of many art exhibits for the weekend. Without fail, Mazda’s sleek design and easy on-road handling were apparent on the wide Florida highways.

One of the features that I tried for the first time while syncing up my phone via Bluetooth was using my Google assistant and word command more than I ever had before. The hands-free efficiency was recognized immediately. Locking in my residence for the weekend along with the important locations that I had to touch base with while I was in Miami was very easy to enter and save in the navigation system.

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As you may know from previous reviews I have been fortunate enough to try out all of the Mazda crossovers over the past 2-3 years. In getting a glimpse of what they have in store for 2018 I don’t have any doubt that they will continue to lead the pack as one of the top SUV crossover producers.

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As you can see in the images below Mazda has perfected having sleek laid-back design combined with incredibly detailed luxurious interior layout. The finely stitched leather trim in gives these Mazda rides a sort of race car design and feel that makes you want to step on the accelerator a little harder. But, if you get tempted to do such a thing don’t fret because Mazda comes complete with its package of safety notifications to keep you from going too wild on the road.

Obviously, this is one of a series of vehicles in the Mazda CX line. The 3 is the smallest of the vehicles in the series but even with that being the case, the majority of my travel this weekend was solo so I had more than enough space once I reclined my seat. Just make sure you’re not sitting behind me. In any case, I had no complaints with Mazda’s latest creation. It was fast, efficient, easy on my pockets when I had to go to the gas station sounded, the audio was powerful and kicked when I needed to ride with my son I felt confident and safe that he was in great hands.

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Mazda does it again so take a look at some of the images above of the vehicle and some of the incredible art below that Miami had on display during Art Basel this past year I will be back again.

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The Social Media Samurai Returns To Miami For Art Basel 2015

The Social Media Samurai Returns To Miami For Art Basel 2015

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How quickly time flies. This last year I had just completed my first Art Basel experience and I’m thankful that the powers that be put me in position to go back. Unlike last year, 2015 was a swamped with rain for a majority of the festival. That made the indoor exhibitions and galleries the go to destinations for many. The Miami Convention Center hosted a large array of creative pieces.  Along with that, SCOPE was another major draw for the South Beach Crowd.

Personally the street level creations that dominant the Wynwood blocks and industrial spaces have been my favorite aspect of Art Basel. You get a great combination of gallery work finished and presented for the people, along with in-progress pieces done on walls, canvases and even bodies.

Art Basel is better to be seen that spoken about. So hit the jump for nice sample of Art Basel work from my weekend in Miami.

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Back To Miami For Art Basel 2015

Back To Miami For Art Basel 2015

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The annual Miami art festival Art Basel has kicked off and your over sized Social Media Samurai is en route to the 305, ready to bring the creative energy directly to you all. Keep you eyes to my Instagram, Twitter, Snapchat (s/n: SMediaSamurai) & Periscope feeds for all the action taking place this weekend!

From the endless art display and live creation sessions in Wynwood to the exhibitions and launch events on Miami beach it’ll be no shortage of activity! Last night Swizz Beats opened the Dean Collection, a collabaration with Barcadi, which will be open for the duration of Art Basel.

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Take a look at my coverage from last year if you’re new to the Art Basel experience and watch the #SocialMediaSamurai as well as that #SamuraiRides hashtag all weekend to keep connected.

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SAMURAI SIT DOWN W/ RISING HIP HOP ARTIST NITTY SCOTT MC PT 2

SAMURAI SIT DOWN W/ RISING HIP HOP ARTIST NITTY SCOTT MC PT 2

 

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Welcome to part 2 of this special Samurai Sit Down with Nitty Scott MC. From personal insecurities and her relationship status we dive into some personal matters with the affectionately nicknamed #BaeGod so get comfy and enjoy.

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I saw you do your thing last year at the SOURCE360 lady’s night event at BAM. You seem very comfortable on the stage and on camera. Has that always been the case?

Thank you! I definitely think so. I practically grew up on stages: beauty pageants, talent shows, this game show on ABC Family, public speaking & poetry jams … I’ve done cheerleading and dance competitions, worked at Disney as a character performer … I’m just one of those people that loves to entertain and relate to people, say profound things, provoke feelings. It’s my calling.

Do you have any mentors in this game? Who do you turn that to to help direct your path?

Sort of! I’m a very independent little trailblazer at heart, so I rely on my own wisdom & instincts more than anything. But there are people here to help guide me when I need it, & others have dropped amazing gems on me along the way. I’d say 6th Sense, 88-Keys, Ski Beatz, Rah Digga and my boy Ace are always on call when I need some direction.

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SAMURAI SIT DOWN W/ RISING HIP HOP ARTIST NITTY SCOTT MC PT 1

 SAMURAI SIT DOWN W/ RISING HIP HOP ARTIST NITTY SCOTT MC PT 1

 

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This has been a long time coming but the stars finally aligned for me to bring you a deeper look into the artist known as Nitty Scott MC. From back pack rocking underground phenom to emerging break out sensation Nitty has been both a wonder and a mystery as she’s openly transitioned into a new phase of her life. After her self imposed hiatus to clean house she’s now back, in a better place and ready to deliver. Will the potential that many have seen in her come to fruition? Your friendly Social Media Samurai got the chance to chop it up with Nitty on a wide range of topics so check it out.

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We’re half way into 2015. What has the year taught/showed you thus far both personally and professionally?

I guess I’ve learned to be extremely tolerant. You know, when you ask the universe for patience, I don’t think some patience just drops into your soul, but instead you get put into a situation where you have to practice an acceptance of your reality. I’ve had a turbulent past 12 months; relocating at least 4 times, employing a new team of advisers, reinventing my entire brand. It’s been quite the process trying to restructure my world & execute the vision I have for myself. But I’m still rocking these shows, shooting videos & recording new material. I’m rolling with the frustrations, staying connected to my fans and preparing for my season every day. And once that time comes, it’ll be well worth the wait.

Connection is a major thing. I think in today’s era of social media it’s what separates a mere product or personality from a true brand. How do you connect with your fans?

I totally agree. The dope thing is, your fans just have to really like YOU. The person, the personality, the demeanor. The music is the soundtrack to your brand, but I think who you are is what keeps people interested. I haven’t been able to release a new project in about a year, but with social media, I can maintain visibility & still touch fans while I work on my master plan. What are my personal hobbies? What current events do I find important, or funny, or upsetting? What friends, family or teachers occupy my world? What am I working on in the studio?

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2015 Met Gala – Asian Appreciation or Appropriation???

2015 Met Gala – Asian Appreciation or Appropriation???

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I don’t pretend to know everything so this is an open invitation for clarity and perspective. I have a question.  This past Monday based on the tone of my Twitter timeline and Facebook news feed was a big night in entertainment, art and fashion. The annual Met Gala went down to raise funds for the Metropolitan Museum. That sounds like a good thing. I didn’t find out the theme of the night, China: Through the Looking Glass  until later and it had me curious if folk of Chinese (or any Asian)  heritage viewed this evening in a favorable light.

We know if a night was themed after Africa and ANYONE misrepresented  Black people and our cultures they’d still be getting ripped as I type this out. Are we as a collective society just more likely to over look Asian stereotypes? America’s history of racial misdoings don’t leave out any people of color. Black, Yellow, Brown, Red have all have gotten the short end of it at one point or another.

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Was the Flaming head-piece of Sarah Jessica Parker an awesome creative fashion statement or an ugly misinformed “dragon lady” stereotype. Were the chop sticks  Emma Roberts used as hair accessories “cute” or culturally disrespectful?

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The internets seemed to be loving the over the top outfits/costumes of the event and I can honestly say I did not see one tweet or post express disdain for the images we saw on the level of Asian culture. Folk may not of liked an outfit fashion-wise but no one claimed it was ignorant.

One thing I’ve learned as social media expands is that many thing can bother people. It may not bother me but I’ve come to understand the need to be open to what might affect others. Black Culture is dominant across the globe so when folk disrespect its address at light speed.  We don’t turn a blind eye to folk wearing Native American Head pieces out of context or TV representing Latinos as overly sexualized people. Those get called out pretty quickly. I don’t think the Met had any ill intentions for its annual event and subsequent theme but was it in good taste?

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South Beach Samurai – Art Basel 2014

South Beach Samurai – Art Basel 2014

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A year of firsts continues for your over-sized social media samurai. This past weekend took me from the dry bitter cold of New York to the warm sunny skies of Southern Florida. Miami’s South Beach and Wynwood areas were the points of interest as I took in my very first Art Basel. The annual art festival was a sight to behold as the streets of Miami were alive with displays of art, culture and expression. From galleries to street walls to 16 wheeler trucks, all surfaces were used as canvases for creativity.

I can truly say there was too much art to even attempt to detail it all. Some of my favorite pieces were displayed at Wynwood Walls Library Street Collective. The two pieces below were available for a total of $35,000 and I honestly wouldn’t have been mad at anyone that dropped the money for them. These works by HUSH stood out to me the moment I saw them.

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Venue upon venue opened itself up for artists to display their talents. With perfect weather setting the scene you could walk and take in the sights all day and that’s not to mention the shows and activities on the beach via #HeinekenHouse or at the Miami convention center where Art Basel’s originated.

Hit the jump for a massive collection of personal favorites from my Art Basel experience including a peak at Andre 3000’s “I Feel Ya” exhibit via SCAD.

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Rihanna’s Strike Against Clothes Continues on Cover of Lui Mag

Rihanna’s Strike Against Clothes Continues on Cover of Lui Mag

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Regardless of what you think about her music or social antics, one thing is clear, Rihanna takes amazing pictures. After just hitting the cover of Vogue Brazil for their 39th anniversary issue Rhi-Rhi turns up the heat more with her new cover for France’s Lui Magazine.

Hit the jump for the **NSFW** but artistically done cover image and feature shots. You can also see her Vogue cover.

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Brooklyn’s Flower Child Nitty Scott Give Her Room To Grow

Brooklyn’s Flower Child Nitty Scott-Give Her Room To Grow

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It’s a beaten to death topic of what the mainstream landscape has become for the ladies of Hip Hop. While the culture that so many love ideally should be color blind and equal opportunity to all sexes, it unfortunately isn’t. There are dollars at stake now which means, formula’s, algorithms and marketing plans on how to get the most ROI on an artist. In the past year we’re seen Nicki Minaj as the standout mainstream female artist with a brash style that has attracted horders of fans but turned off just as many. Appealing to the sexual extreme’s that ladies like Lil Kim and Foxy Brown opened up in the 90’s has that effect. In the midst of the “Hey, let me shake it for you while I rap” artists that are attempting to hold our attention, we have a new force emerging. Her name is Nitty Scott MC. Please don’t do to her what get’s done to so many. Don’t box her in.

As leader of The Boombox Family movement there has always been a throwback sound to Nitty’s music that quickly connected her to the underground elements, traditionalists and backpack legions of Hip Hop. She’s super lyrical and comes with a level of content that doesn’t fall into what you normally hear from ladies on the mic presently. Naturally with many crying out for new leadership and creativity from the Big Apple Nitty’s ascension is perfectly timed. I’ve said before that by the end of 2014 she will be a mainstream force in this game. You can’t ignore the number of “IT” factors she combines but that’s where my worries arise. She has talent to spare and she’s gorgeous too. She’s spoken often about the difficulties of being an attractive lady MC. It’s a reality of the game and when the cross over to the mainstream happens (and it will happen) the people who support you get funny when changes come.

Nitty Scott has always been her. There’s no mistaking the person she is via her art and there has never been a need to play off her looks to gain respect. With that said she’s a young woman and like any woman she is coming into her own on many levels. That includes the full acceptance and embracing of her femininity. In other words, it’s not always going to be baggy clothes and skullies for the rising star.

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Recently Nitty shared some playful “Disney themed”  imagery that leaves no doubt how much of a woman she is. Yet there were those that cried out. “Don’t turn into these other female artists”, “Please stay the same Nitty we loved” etc,etc….. We do this so often and it’s horrible. Why can’t an artist be multiple things? Can we not support a multi-faceted MC that can be gritty and savage with her bars on one song yet honest, open and 100% woman on another? In my opinion she gives you just as much sex appeal as the current top lady in the game but does so in a manner that isn’t putting anyone down.

I’ve yet to hear Ms Scott call anyone a “bum b***h” or a silly h*e”. You combine that with her recent interview where she opened up to the people about past bouts with depression and sexual abuse, this woman needs to be applauded and supported in whatever manner we can. That includes stepping back and allowing her room to grow and evolve without outside pressures to be what we want her to be.

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Kesh Re-emerges for Art Basel Miami via i-D

Kesh Re-emerges for Art Basel Miami via i-D

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When I last heard of the activities of the unique designer/dj/artist/musician?? Kesh it was in conjunction with her hit American Apparel line. The wide-spread appeal of this line didn’t hit me until every other day I saw an image of some woman rocking for prints on Instagram. Never one to rest on her laurels Kesh cleaning out and packed up her infamous “Cave” base of operations and relocated deep into the forest of Northern California to disconnect with the world while reconnecting with herself. It would seem that this decision to isolate herself has paid dividends creatively as the one Myspace sensation returns to the public eye in a major way. With Art Basel in full in Miami, Kesh will be debuting a one night only show of her new project, W@WW (W/hat @re W/e W/orshipping). Before the show kicks off She linked up i-D to talk about her current mind set and plans.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview.

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You moved from The Cave to the woods, tell us how you felt on the day you left the Cave for the last time…

It was emotional. I began with a huge empty box, and that’s how I left it. Starting with minimal possessions, I filled it up, idea by idea and experience by experience. When the time came, I had to pack it away and bring it back to the empty box it once was. So the deconstruction process provoked a lot of emotion. I figured it all out in that place. I figured out who I am now and what I do. I locked myself away, defined my vision and made my very first show there. The cave holds a special place in my heart. But after time my mind moved forward. I finished up The Cave chapter with the American Apparel collaboration, returned from the tour and packed everything. In the final moments I took off my clothes and lay alone in the empty space, letting go of my attachments to it. Saying goodbye. Then I got up, got dressed, grabbed my stuff, jumped in the car and left LA and headed to the woods. It was time to move away from the city. The people. The distractions. The noise. I needed to focus. I was tired of the surface. It was time to go deeper.

Do you create at a desk, if so what is usually on it?

I make most of my work on my computer so I always need a desk. Right now on my desk there are a few things. A really shit printer that’s pissing me off. A book from 1986 titled LIVING WITH COMPUTERS. A set of headphones. A massive hard drive. Some rocks I found by the river. A stack of handwritten notes. A picture of an amazing lady named AMMA encased in perspex. A magazine cut-out of a brain and a picture of Steve Jobs.

You can check the full Interview out at i-D

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Jason Francis | The Social Media Samurai