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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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SAMURAI RIDES: MIAMI ART BASEL 2015 WITH THE MITSUBISHI LANCER

SAMURAI RIDES: MIAMI ART BASEL 2015 WITH THE MITSUBISHI LANCER

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When the Calendar flips to the month of the December the streets of Miami open up for the annual Art Basel Festival. Creatives of all types share their talents with the international crowd that converges on southern Florida and once again I had the pleasure to cover it. In addition to that my time was made even more pleasurable as I hit the streets with the 15′ Mitsubishi Lancer. With a clean Diamond white finish and black leather interior my time on the roads, streets and highways of Miami were more than enjoyable.

In stark contrast to my Art Basel experience last year, roughly 1/2 of my time in Miami was met with rain. Yes it was a wet one for much of the Art Basel experience. Fortunately, this gave me some real first hand experience with the handling and on road efficiency of Mitsubishi’s sporty sedan. Some of the worst rain would hit at the late night hours when I was on the road back to my lodgings. Thankfully the Lancer stayed steady through the torrential down pours with no sliding or slipping.

As luck would have it nature would relax just enough for me to enjoy the incredible artistic displays and festive environment that Art Basel transforms the Wynwood area into.

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My overall travels in Florida took me from Margate  to Fort Lauderdale then down to Wynwood and South Beach. Over the course of 4 days I needed just one stop at the gas station. The mileage I got out of  the Lancer was beyond efficient. Couple that with how comfortable the ride is even for someone as tall as me and you’ve got a winner.

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After the jump you can see more images of the Mitsubishi Lancer and get a run down of some of the specs you can look forward to with this ride.

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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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3 Reasons Why Swizz Beats #NoCommission & #BacardiHouseParty Were The Highlight Of Art Basel Miami

3 Reasons Why Swizz Beats #NoCommission & #BacardiHouseParty Were The Highlight Of Art Basel Miamii

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Swizz came, saw and conquered with his presentation of Art and Music during this year’s Art Basel festival. In spite of the less than pleasant weather for much of the weekend, people poured into the Wynwood area event space to view and buy pieces from the Swizz curated #NoCommission Dean Collection. Toting a wide array of artists from across the nation, there was no lack of conceptual representation and style. Swizz would repeatedly explain that #NoCommission is a tag that stands for artists doing what they love and keeping 100% of the funds the make on sales. No % cuts to anyone else but them. “By the artists, for the artists for the people” was Swizz’s signature line of the show and you could tell he meant it every time he said it.

Hit the jump the 3 Reasons why #NoCommission was the best thing at Art Basel

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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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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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Lebron Didn’t Owe Anything To Anyone But He Gave Us What We’ve Been Asking For

Lebron Didn’t Owe Anything To Anyone But He Gave Us What We’ve Been Asking For

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Never in Modern NBA history has the off season seen the level of drama and attention that this year’s free agency has produced. The assumption of players making quick and easy decisions to resign with current teams has been completely thrown out the window. The minute that Lebron James entertained that idea of leaving Miami teams have made a mad dash to move players and free up cap space for a shot at The King. As it stood yesterday morning, James’ final call appeared to be between Miami and an unexpected return home to play in Cleveland. This has all played out over the past 7-10 days. The viewing public, media and league peers seemed to be getting frustrated and annoyed that no decision had been yet. Then Lebron gave it to them and a lot more with it.

As our media cycle has extended to an endless 24 hour schedule and every person with wifi service can get info and spread their opinion to the world, we also seemed to have developed this incredible, if not unrealistic sense of entitlement. We have come to expect that our every want and desire for answers will and should be fulfilled with the same speed that we can perform a Google search. As it relates to Lebron James, the sports masses feel as if Lebron was running late on some imaginary schedule that he was supposed to be operating by. As calls on national sports radio shows and tweets on the matter piled up, the aggravation increased.  Demanding questions like “What’s taking so long?” or “Why hasn’t he decided already?” were all too common.

What we would learn around 12:30pm yesterday is that the time was spent crafting one of the most well executed sports entertainment announcements of our time. While the ESPN neetwork was the platform of choice for the original decision. James would turn to sports industry staple Sports Illustrated to announce that he was coming home. Lebron James had completed his term in Miami and would be returning to play for the Cleveland Cavs. While this news was not a shock to many, the manner in which it was done and the stance that he took caught the nation off guard. Unbeknownst to anyone Lebron had a man to man meeting with Cavs owner Dan Gilbert last Sunday. The sting of the open letter Gilbert wrote in the aftermath of Lebron’s departure was still a sore point with not only James but his family as well. By meetings end the two parties were back on the same page. In that regards Lebron is a better man then most of us.

We often use the celebrity status of individuals like Lebron James as a weak excuse to strip them of their humanity. While we are observers, fans, etc….we are also strangers to these people. When Lebron lost in the 2011 NBA Finals to the Dallas Mavs he pissed a lot of people off when he delivered the truest reality check to the hordes that were attacking him all season.

“All the people that were rooting on me to fail, at the end of the day they have to wake up tomorrow and have the same life that they had before they woke up today. They have the same personal problems they had today. I’m going to continue to live the way I want to live and continue to do the things that I want to do with me and my family and be happy with that.” – Lebron James

Now 3 years removeed from that moment Lebron delivered another reality check. Not one that would place him in the role of villain but rather as simple man longing to go back home and do right by the community that first supported his dreams and aspirations.

“….this is not about the roster or the organization. I feel my calling here goes above basketball. I have a responsibility to lead, in more ways than one, and I take that very seriously. My presence can make a difference in Miami, but I think it can mean more where I’m from. I want kids in Northeast Ohio, like the hundreds of Akron third-graders I sponsor through my foundation, to realize that there’s no better place to grow up. Maybe some of them will come home after college and start a family or open a business. That would make me smile. Our community, which has struggled so much, needs all the talent it can get.

In Northeast Ohio, nothing is given. Everything is earned. You work for what you have.

I’m ready to accept the challenge. I’m coming home.”

Lebron is not a machine that we turn on and off to perform without emotion when we say so. Every so often these sports stars remind us that they are still human. They experience the same feelings and frustrations that we do. Day in and day out we’re hit with stories of people blowing the opportunities presented to them or showing little to no humility for what they have. In the midst of multimillionaires negotiating contracts with billionaires, the best player in the NBA and one of the biggest sports figures on the planet made his moment about home. He took something that all of us can relate to and put that as the headline. There was no shortage of reasons for Lebron to never professionally deal with Cleveland again. LBJ could have poked his chest out and as a man declared that no disrespect will be tolerated thus shutting out the Cavs from his thoughts. That would have been the easy option. It’s what I would have done. Yet, Lebron elected to forgive and move forward in spite of it all.  The Lebron James love fest won’t last forever, so when our focus gets back to wins and loses in pursuit of championships I hope we’ll keep this moment in mind.

 

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New Album From Rick Ross Brings Suspect Trayvon Martin Reference

New Album From Rick Ross Brings Suspect Trayvon Martin Reference

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Often times as I’ve grown I’ve accepted that to enjoy all of the Hip Hop that I do there are things I can’t really defend. You take for what it is in the context its delivered in. Yet within what has become an even more entertainment based, WWE scripted production of fake personas and imaginary characters you have one guy that trumps them all, Rick Ross. I don’t need to explain the running joke that is the former correctional officer with the Scarface complex. I get that he thinks he’s some criminal crime lord and now can’t drop a song without referencing the Notorious B.I.G (Thanks Puffy), but as he now moving on his new album promo media tour I can’t simply ignore the following. As we just recently acknowledged the 2 year anniversary of Trayvon Martin’s we get this random line on a Ross song called “Black & White”

“Trayvon Martin, I’m never missing my target.”

He followed that up in interview with the following attempted explanation.

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“It’s so important that today, on the two-year anniversary of the death of Trayvon Martin, we never forget that tragedy. I’m never going to let the world forget that name.”

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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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