2015 FORD MUSTANG

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Ford is celebrating the upcoming 50th Anniversary of the iconic muscle car with the highly anticipated debut of the next generation, 2015 Mustang. The new Mustang takes a more modern approach in its design, but a design that is still an unmistakable silhouette. The car is lower and wider and brings back the fastback styling and our favorite detail, the rear tri-bar tail lamps. It will come available with three different engines: a 420 hp 5.0L V8, a 300 hp 3.7L V6, and an all-new fuel-efficient 305+ hp 2.3L Ecoboost engine. The sixth-generation Mustang is expected to reach dealers later in 2014.

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DSPTCH BLACK CAMO CAMERA SLINGS

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DSPTCH updates its camera sling collection just in time for the holidays with a great new Black Camo colorway. The webbing is dyed in a custom solution to achieve the unique color and comes in their Heavy Sling for DSLRs and a Standard Sling for mirrorless and compact cameras.

$44-$46, DSPTCH

Givenchy “Bambi” Capsule Collection

 Givenchy presents its unisex “Bambi” capsule collection. All collection pieces feature their popular “Bambi” graphic, staying true to the graphic style that the brand has established in recent years and made popular in the market. The capsule includes small clutch bags, zip bags, a backpack and two T-shirts. The full collection is now available from colette.

Beats Music ‘Locked and Loaded’ for January

Beats Music on Wednesday announced it will debut its music service in January, kicking off a year that promises to crank up the competition in the hotly contested U.S. music subscription business.

Once online, the Santa Monica-based music service will face off with a number of entrenched players that have had far more time to polish and refine their services, including Rhapsody, Spotify, Slacker, Muve Music, Rdio, Xbox Music and Sony Music Unlimited. In addition, French-based Deezer is expected to enter the U.S. market after having rolled its service across dozens of countries worldwide. And YouTube is expected to join the fray, also in 2014, with a premium, lean-back service that some have dubbed “Spotify with video.”

Indeed, enterprising developers at Android Police have dissected the code for an upcoming Android release for YouTube to tease out the outlines of YouTube’s plans, called Music Pass.

At the same time, few have succeeded in luring a critical mass of mainstream, paying subscribers, leaving the open the possibility that anyone, including Beats, could develop the right formula for becoming a dominant player in a business that’s still in its infancy.

Beats’ latest launch date falls just shy of the company’s promised fourth quarter 2013 debut window, the company’s Chief Executive Ian Rogers acknowledged in a blog post on his personal website, Fistfulayen.

“When I joined Beats Music in January I’d expected we’d get this out the door before the end of the year,” Rogers wrote. “Thankfully I work with people who have patience and are more concerned about getting Beats Music right than pushing it out the door.”

In a bid to whip up pre-launch interest, Rogers urged people to “reserve your username” at the company’s website. A handful of “influencers” already have access to the service to test and provide feedback, Rogers noted, and Beats is “making improvements based on that feedback.”

QUOTE OF THE DAY

“That which we persist in doing becomes easier for us to do; not that the nature of the thing itself is changed, but that our power to do is increased”
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Rape, A Loaded Issue for Black Men By Byron Hurt

One of the most stressful and challenging conflicts that affect me during a rape case occurs when the alleged perpetrator is a Black man. As one of many Black males who consistently speaks out against all forms of violence against girls and women, I’m always torn and somewhat hesitant to take a strong stance or make an early rush to judgment.

The pushback that I receive from other Black men can be swift and strong. This country’s history of Whites falsely accusing Black men of raping White women — only to be proven innocent years after they’ve paid a heavy price — makes it difficult for many Black men to believe allegations of rape, especially when the victim is White.

Countless Black men, like Alabama’s the Scottsboro boys, Chicago’s Emmett Till, New York’s Central Park Five, and, more recently, Atlanta’s Brian Banks shamefully suffered the injustice of a racist criminal justice system that rushed to judgment, with little or no evidence. As a result, numerous innocent Black men were executed or sent to prison to serve long sentences.

White men who do anti-sexist work may know and understand this history, but they probably don’t share the same tension I feel. I’m sure that my Black brothers who do gender violence-prevention work better understand this inner battle. The dynamics always become a little more complicated when it comes to Black men and rape.

Even more complex is having conversations with other Black men who believe in their hearts that the victim is lying, or that the Black man is being framed – a highly sensitive issue amongst us Black men. However, it must be said, without equivocation or cowardice, that Black men, like all men, do commit rape against women. We live in a rape culture.

Tragically, men from every racial, ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic background perpetrate acts of sexual violence that hurt and traumatize women – including Black women. We must address rape with honesty and with courage and must not be dissuaded by pushback, denial, or defensiveness by Black men or any other group of men.

When a high-profile athlete like Jameis Winston is accused of rape, I force myself to separate my love for him as a quarterback and open myself up to the possibility that even though he is an outstanding football player worthy of this year’s Heisman Trophy, he may, in fact, be a rapist.

Please, lower your defenses and hear me. I totally understand that Winston has not been charged with a crime. I understand that he is a frontrunner to win the Heisman. I know you may want to see him and his teammates at Florida State University compete for the national championship.

I’ll be the first to admit that I enjoy watching Famous Jameis play on Saturdays. But we must resist the temptation to assume that Jameis Winston falls into the category of Black men who have been falsely accused of rape – a lamentable historical pattern. To do so would be unfair to the alleged rape victim. We shouldn’t automatically assume that he did not commit the crime because he is being set up, or that his team’s championship season is being sabotaged, or that there is a witch hunt against Winston and his Heisman campaign.

It is true that Black men continue to be cruelly stereotyped as rapists. As a Black man, I carry that label — and all of the other stereotypes associated with Black men — wherever I go in our country. However, it is also a stereotype that women lie about being victims of rape more often than not. According to FBI statistics, less than 3% of all rapes are falsely reported.

I also know what my reaction would be if my daughter approached me and told me that a boy or man raped her. Race, class, social standing in the culture would mean nothing to me. My only concern would be to ensure that my daughter felt supported and safe, and that she began the healing process from her pain and from her trauma. Beyond that, I would expect the perpetrator to be punished to the full extent of the law and would advocate for him to receive extensive gender-violence prevention training while in prison.

That’s tough to say if you believe that most women lie about rape. If your defenses are up, you are resistant to hearing the truth, or you’ve been scarred by history, you won’t hear the voice of a fellow Black man.

Going back to the premise of this piece, when you are a Black man and you speak out against the sexual violence of other Black men, it can feel completely isolating and lonely. Your racial loyalty and your manhood get called into question by other Black men.

What Black man would go out of his way to have his Blackness and his manhood challenged by his Black brothers? What Black man wants other Black men to lose respect for him? What man wants to be dismissed, or have his man card revoked?

I don’t. But I also want to be fair, and compassionate, and supportive to victims and survivors of rape, no matter who their rapist is, or what he looks like. And ultimately, I want be on the right side of justice.

What kind of man wouldn’t want that for his own daughter?