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With the vintage look back in full swing, Vans have gained popularity once again flying off the shelves with unique designs at a seriously fair price. For this reason, we’ve decided to take a look at what is arguably the company’s most popular model: the Old Skool! Are they really worth all the hype? Come along with us as we take a deeper dive, fam.

The Vans Old Skool skate shoe is hailed as both classic and timeless, beginning their popularity since debuting as “Style 36” in 1977. The shoe also helped popularize the iconic Vans “sidestripe” and was their first skate shoe with leather panels. Besides that, the shoes are fairly low technology, making them affordable. This certainly helped propel them into the spotlight! The shoe also got some crazy advertisement in the 1982 film “Fast Times at Ridgemont High,” in which the classic stoner character Jeff Spicoli wore the Checkerboard Authentics ultimately popularizing the brand across America.

The Vans Old Skool is a classic shoe for a relatively low price, coming in at $60.00. For a price like this, it’s fairly easy to see why the shoe is so popular. The shoes are durable, being able to last for years without any (or very little) tears or holes depending on how much you wear them. The design also differs from other shoes. They share a side stripe with their high-top “Sk8-Hi” counterpart but lack the high ankle support. This takes nothing away from the shoe, however, this makes it easier to wear and style with other pieces. Most colorways are also available in a ton of different sizes, going up to size 16 for the gents and size 17.5 for the ladies.

Customers often indicate that they would continue to buy them over and over again. When asked which Vans they wear the most, Reddit user u/rokirole answered, “Old Skools, they look the best.” Old Skools are classic, durable, and have a great design. Despite this, however, the shoes still do have some flaws.

Although the Old Skools are seemingly perfect, there are some small issues that make a big difference between perfect shoes and just great ones. These issues include the fact that Old Skools just are not very comfortable, as they can scratch at the back of the wearer’s foot, and the tongue often displaces. These two issues, although small, contribute to the discomfort when they are in action on your feet. The shoe makes up for this, however, by having a comfortable insole, which keeps a nice amount of stress off of the foot. The shoes are great for their price, but they do have flaws which hold the shoe back from being perfect.

What’s our recap? Well, the classic Vans Old Skool is a relatively good shoe for its price! They only cost $60.00 and are always on shelves despite them being an extremely popular shoe. They are also durable, have a unique design, and available in many sizes. Despite this, they aren’t perfect, as they are slightly uncomfortable. They somewhat make up for this issue, however, by having a comfortable insole. For its affordability and design, however, we here at Audibl WAV rate the Vans Old Skool’s 4/5. They are almost perfect but have flaws that hold them back from being a 5/5. These classics have proven their worth in our books, being wearable with anything, and helping spice up wardrobes across the globe.

Do you own a pair of these classics? Let us know what you think in the comments!

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Wanna Kicks is the “First AR Sneakers Try-On” app with a unique concept that boasts a smooth experience throughout, but that doesn’t mean it’s without flaws. The app is a new and fresh take on window shopping and provides something most shoppers did not know they needed, but is it the next big thing? Let’s take a look at Wanna Kicks, and see if it’s worth all the hype!

Wanna Kicks is an app that allows you to see how shoes will literally fit on your feet while you’re in the comfort of your own home. It uses your phone camera to overlay an image of the shoe (of your choice) over your foot so that you can see how they would look on you.

It is very easy to get started in the app. You only have to see how it works in 3 small screens before it gets you in. The try-on feature works well, easily adjusting to any sized foot and works fast. To try on the shoes, you simply take off your own shoes, pick the shoe you’d like to try on, and aim your camera towards your feet. The app does the rest! It puts the model of the shoe right on your foot so you’re able to see how you’d look with them on. No doubt this is also helpful when it comes to coordinating an outfit with said shoe, and ultimately deciding whether or not to buy them. The layout is smooth and fluid, and the app itself works fairly well, but there is still much left to be desired.

While the app flows well and has an incredible layout, it still leaves the user wanting more. For starters, there are very limited options for shoes. The app only offers 10 shoes, and they are shoes that most people have little interest in (aside from the Vans Classic Slip-On, YEEZY Boost 350, and Adidas Ultra Boost). The app does somewhat redeem itself by offering multiple colorways for nine out of the ten shoes. The bad thing about it is that the models are a bit cartoonish. The app seems to have much to offer, but it doesn’t feel perfected yet. It glitches a bit when you move the camera to see the rest of your foot, the models aren’t everyone’s taste, and it offers less than expected.

Wanna Kicks seems like an app that still has a bit of work to be done! Once it is done, it’ll be the best app of its kind. This is because the issues with the app don’t overshadow it’s upsides. At the end of the day, we can’t deny that it’s a smooth app with a unique concept. It also works fairly well, with the “try-on” feature only having one drawback, that being the cartoonish models. It could also add a few features, like having a bit more freedom over your shoe, being able to decide the type of laces, how the shoes are tied, and being able to take a picture of the shoes on your feet.

Wanna Kicks is a good app with a unique concept, but it needs a small amount of work. Until then, the app rates 3.5/5 here at Audibl Wav, as it still leaves a bit to be desired with the user, but still has unique features and an original idea.

Have you tried this new app? If so, let us know what you think in the comments!

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With 21 Savage in the news for his ICE arrest, we wanted to take the time to look at his past as well as how he and other rappers portray their battles with depression, sadness, loneliness, and loss. The song that encompasses this perfectly for us is “No More” from Metro Boomin’s 2018 album NOT ALL HEROES WEAR CAPES. It takes a detour from traditional types of rap, as it focuses more on the struggles of life and fame. The song is produced by Metro Boomin and features Travis Scott, Kodak Black, and 21 Savage.

“No More” features all of the above-mentioned artists, each coming from relatively different “areas” of rap. All blew up due to their distinctive sounds and ability to tell varying stories, and each recently dropped albums — Travis Scott’s ASTROWORLD (August 2018, debuting at #1 on Billboard Top 100), 21 Savage dropping I Am > I Was (December 2018, also debuting at #1), and Kodak Black with Dying To Live (December 2018, debuting at #1 as well). The song “No More” dropped during November 2018 with the rest of Metro Boomin’s album.

Travis Scott opens the track by talking about the “ups and downs” of drugs, saying: “You know, the comedown, we really feeling soothing the, come up got ’em all oozing.” From this opening line, coupled with the somber beat of the song, you know that the negatives and after effects of being high will be a subject of interest. This is confirmed in the chorus, with both Travis Scott and Kodak Black talking about how they numb their pain with drugs (“I pop pills so I can’t feel no more”) and disconnect from reality through their drug use by being so intoxicated that “I just pour ‘til I can’t pour no more.” The chorus is a great representation of the mindset that rappers have when it comes to their drug use. They self-medicate in order to handle the pressures of fame, which leads to dangerous behavior and makes them feel worse than before. They don’t have a solid solution to the struggles of fame.

The pressures of fame and mental health are further explained in the first verse. Kodak Black raps about becoming numb to most things due to his dependency on drugs. Despite his situation, he says: “If I could do it all over, I’d make the same mistakes, all that fucking over made me who I am today.” Kodak wouldn’t change anything about his past, as it all led to his fame and made him the person he is today. This doesn’t mean that he is proud of his actions, however, as he raps in a later line, “I can’t help that I’m a zombie, I can’t heal my heartache.” His description of himself as a “zombie” helps put things into perspective, as the listener realizes that he is essentially trapped by his drug use and heartache, turning him into a shell of his former self. Kodak closes the verse talking about being trapped and unsure of how he wants to proceed in life, rapping: “I pop pills ’til I can’t feel no more, tryna be sane but I can’t hold no more, I wanted fame but I don’t know no more.” His closing line on this verse explains how most rappers live their lives, being unsure about how to proceed, and feeling stuck in their current position. The only thing able to somewhat help them out of it is indulging in drugs.

21 Savage opens the second verse full of emotion, really bringing the struggles of addiction and self-medication to light. He opens with his struggles with relationships and heartbreak, rapping: “I tried love but I can’t no more, tried to find loyalty it ain’t no more.” He tells the listener that he’s had struggles with love in the past, and has given up on trying to find someone who will stick with him through thick and thin, making life especially hard for a celebrity. He then raps about his inability to put drugs down, saying: “Told myself I wasn’t gonna drink no more, it’s like the styrofoam glued to me though.” This shows that no matter how hard he tries, 21 Savage can’t put down the one drug that has brought him joy during his years of pain. He also talks about the difference between his past and present, and how the two relate with each other. He explains by rapping: “Lil bit of change make a nigga change, different tax bracket but my number still the same.” This line starts with 21 Savage talking about how the people around him have changed due to gaining fame and wealth, alluding to them possibly trying to use him for his money. He doesn’t have any issue with those he grew up with still coming to him for health and guidance, as explained in half of the line. He then talks about all the injustices done to those around him with lines such as “No joke ’cause he didn’t know the ropes and he served an undercover, judge gave his ass a boat” and “I done seen fame turn a nigga on his bro.” This portion of 21 Savage’s verse talks about the injustices done by the legal system as well as issues between his friends that he’s observed numerous times before. His verse on this song correlates with who he is: a man that has lost too much around him and can never truly be at peace due to the horrors of street violence he’s witnessed as well as his broken heart.

After the chorus runs through again, the song shifts. It shifts to a sample of the song “In The Ghetto/God Save The World” by 24-Carat Black. The portion that “No More” samples is: “Lord, save the world, from this hunger for power, from certain destruction’s hour.” This helps the true meaning of the song come together, as it is a ballad explaining the struggles of fame and power. After the sample, a small conversation can be heard between two men. This conversation reads: “Motherfuckers cannot listen to that fuckin’ save the world shit. No, I don’t like it. We are totally against that shit. You stream it, iPhone or your phone, whatever. I’m taking the shit and I’m here to tell you. I’m here to keep rap the fucking same. He’s trying to save it, I’m not.” This describes the state that rap is in at the moment, as the men refuse to try to better themselves and the world, just as some rappers do.

The song “No More” perfectly captures the struggles of fame and drug use through each rapper’s version of life struggles. Metro Boomin’s somber and melancholic beat and the depressing, eye-opening verses of Travis Scott, Kodak Black, and 21 Savage explain the issues of drug addiction, dependency, and heartbreak in the music world. The lyrics are gritty and saddening, and after listening, anyone can recognize that the rappers are hurting. No doubt they hope to one day get out of the endless cycle that is fame.

Metro Boomin - No More (feat. Travis Scott, Kodak Black, & 21 Svage) - YouTube

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Most of the time, clothing has its own way of being unique from piece to piece (brand to brand). Yet, when the itch for creativity strikes, some people tend to add their own flair through customs. Customs can range from a small paint splatter on a pair of Vans to a full painting on the back of a jean jacket. The sky is the limit, and there’s a lot you can do when it comes to creating custom pieces. More importantly, they help differentiate one person from another.

Custom pieces tend to be in high demand because people want to separate themselves from everyone else. It’s no surprise that some end up selling their customs, taking requests, and earning money by making them for folks that are unable to put as much time and effort towards the craft. This has definitely opened the door for many to make a nice living off of their unique take on customs. Some people leading the pack in this space include Sierato (@sierato), Brahma (@brahmacustoms), and DeJesus Custom Footwear (@dejesuscustomfootwear). These creators have been involved in making customs for years, and their projects certainly reflect it. Just one look, you can see all of the excellent craftsmanship and hours of hard work as well as the effort put forth.

Custom clothing pieces allow people to wear their favorite item of clothing with something that really interests or stands out to them. For example, as jean jackets are making a style comeback, the art of painting on them is as well. The art often takes a long time, but they are seriously worth the wait. The outcome is always guaranteed to be slightly different each time, and it allows multiple interests to be showcased on one piece of clothing.

brahmacustoms Nmd “Gucci” customs

Custom clothing isn’t always fun and games, however, as there’s a lot of effort that goes into everything. The artist has to take into account pricing, buying materials, and making sure that time is used efficiently. Chicago reseller Gian Esmalla (@hypebeastpicasso) says that “For customs, you have to be wise about where you put the price because you’re putting effort, time, and labor into them so you have to make it a little pricey, but you have to remember people don’t want to buy the customs if they cost too much, so you have to find a balance between the money and the labor aspects.” This shows the struggle that custom designers go through because they can put hours of work into something just to be criticized for their prices, with customers not always appreciating the effort put into the pieces. Esmalla also talks about having to price compared to those around you and how sometimes it’s a challenge, as “You don’t wanna be the lowest price because you’ll want to make your money back but at the same time you don’t want to be the highest price because not a lot of people are going to buy it.” The challenge with pricing can stress out designers and leave an impact on their work. They could possibly be losing money, customers, or materials if they aren’t careful with how they position each piece’s price tag. Despite creators often struggling with pricing, that doesn’t stop them from producing content and creating more customs each and every day. They have a passion for creating, and this is expressed through their endless unique designs as well as spins on popular shoes or other items.

The world of custom streetwear is truly one of difference and immersed in unique designs throughout. Although a struggle does exist with pricing and materials (or just knowing how to start out!), custom creators fight through it all, as they have a true passion for creating and have been able to earn a living doing what they love. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and those who have gotten far enough to be able to make a living through customs are sure to stick with it for as long as they please; they can’t pass up their dream! Customs are truly an art, and without them, streetwear would be a lot more bland and unimaginative. These are seriously two things that it couldn’t survive through.

Let us know about some of your favorite pieces in the comments!

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It’s not summer yet, but Lūkka sure feels like it. Her unique R&B-peppered-with-soul-and-sugar melodies make us feel all warm and fuzzy inside. And, if you do a little bit of research, you will find her personality is just as infectious.

A few months ago, a post appeared on her YouTube Channel giving fans a simple breakdown of the origins of her name (and we couldn’t help but chuckle):

Lūkka Intro Promo - YouTube

If you catch it towards the end of the video, the song playing is one of our faves entitled “Feelings for You.” We gave it a whirl and perma-grin ensued. The song is not only catchy but also mad relatable. Check it here:

Feelings For You - SoundCloud
(189 secs long, 7087 plays)Play in SoundCloud

With the high-energy circling around the bass supporting her “to the point” vocals, it’s hard not to press repeat on this one. As Lūkka continues to work straight through her “crush” emotions, she’s really able to keep up with the grooviness of the background acoustics. We were definitely diggin’ the bongos too! Is it wrong to want to shout the lyrics out on a warm summer day while catching a ride to the beach with our crush? Hell no!

Make sure to check out her other videos and tunes on the links above, and let us know what you think!

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Champion: the brand that went from cheap to heat in a matter of years! The company’s rise to fame has been the farthest from traditional while riding a rollercoaster of gaining it, losing it, and gaining it back again. With Champion at the top of their game once again, we’ve decided to take a look back at its rise to fame, the fall and notable resurrection, sending the century-old company to the top of vintage-wear.

The brand was originally founded in 1919 as the “Knickerbocker Knitting Company” by William and Abraham Feinbloom. After changing the company name to “Champion Athletics” in 1923, the brothers quickly found success from supplying the demand for athletic-wear and selling the product directly to college teams, primarily Michigan State. The brand’s popularity began to grow rapidly with college teams as well as students since Champion products were now being sold in college bookstores for students to wear.

Around this time, the company invented something that would change the fashion world forever: the hoodie. They created the hoodie to protect athletes from cold conditions while training and their Reverse Weave technique soon followed. The Reverse Weave featured anti-shrink and heat preventive technologies and, to this day, is still being used in the brand’s designs. These pioneering technologies helped Champion strengthen its grip on sportswear, which only grew throughout the 20th century.

The brand continued to get bigger and bigger, partnering with the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) in the 1960s as well as the National Football League (NFL) in the 1970s. These partnerships helped propel Champion Athletics further into the spotlight as sales doubled from 1985 to 1988, leading the company to become the face of sportswear in America. In 1989, the Sara Lee Corporation, already owning Hanes, bought out Champion for $320M in cash. This gave the company more resources to work with as well as the opportunity to expand the brand even further than before. Champion soon peaked in the early 1990s, as the brand began producing all of the uniforms throughout the National Basketball Association (NBA) league along with creating the jerseys for the Olympic ‘Dream Team’ in 1992. This helped the company gain global recognition until the late ‘90s, where their popularity started to steadily decline.

The decline of Champion was the result of Sara Lee, the general public losing interest in the brand as well as the failed XFL League. Champion had been chosen to outfit the league. As the XFL fell apart, Champion started to as well. The Sara Lee Corporation was one of the main factors in the brand’s decline, however. The parent company was now not paying Champion the same level of attention as in the past and was moving interests more towards the food industry. Initially, the Sara Lee Corporation had decided to sell Champion along with Coach, but in the end decided against it, only selling Champion Europe instead. As you can imagine, once Champion Europe had been sold, the company did not have the same number of resources or capabilities as before, contributing to the decline.

In 2006, after the Sara Lee Corporation began to focus strongly on the food industry, they announced HanesBrands Inc., a separate company containing all of the clothing brands under one umbrella. In 2016, HanesBrands bought Champion Europe and reunited it with its origin company, helping kickstart Champion’s return to the spotlight.

In 2015, Champion released a collaboration hoodie with Supreme, which saw a fair amount of success and led to more collaborations between the two brands. Soon after, Champion also created a reversible sweatshirt with Vetements. The two brands released their Capsule Collection collaboration in late 2016, which also saw major success. Capitalizing on the momentum, Champion began collaborating with more and more brands, racking up more success and getting even closer to the stardom they had once before.

In addition, there is no denying that the brand has risen back to stardom due to the popularity of vintage wear. Recently, brands from the ‘80s and ‘90s have come back into the fashion spotlight as vintage, generating buzz for these brands and helping them gain traction once again. Some of these brands include Fila, Tommy Hilfiger as well as Guess, with Champion being at the buzz forefront.

With the increasing number of people buying clothing from these brands again, many have seen success skyrocket. Champion has risen back to stardom through its old and new designs, the popularity of vintage wear, and the countless collaborations. It’s safe to say that Champion is at the top of its game right now! Champion coming back to the light after years of failure and continuous decline makes us wonder what other brands are on their way back to stardom. Tell us what you think in the comments!

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With Chance the Rapper’s buzz increasing once again due to single releases, his comments on current events and his work in his hometown of Chicago, we took a look back at the artist’s 2016 project The Coloring Book, specifically the song “Smoke Break.” The song was written by Chance, Future, and Garren Langford (a.k.a. GARREN). Langford also produced the song.

“Smoke Break” features Future, who was arguably at the peak of his career in 2016 and riding the wave of success from 2015’s DS2 release going 2x platinum. The Atlanta-based rapper had one verse on “Smoke Break,” and it definitely added a certain spice to the tune that made it truly memorable.

The song discusses Chance’s relationship with his girlfriend, Kristin Corley, and the stresses of raising a child while having to deal with the music world, particularly in the first verse. He believes that he has no time to spend with his girlfriend anymore since he is always on tour, and she is always watching their child. This narrative is expressed through lines such as: “We just been smokin’ a bowl, we don’t got no time to roll” and “I’m always out on the road, she don’t got time for a whole.” Whether Kristen is stressed out watching their child or Chance is worried because he feels as if he doesn’t have time for them, there is pain and fear on both sides of the relationship.

The chorus of the song emphasizes what Chance thinks is the solution to all of their relationship problems: a smoke break. He muses that “we deserve, we deserve, we deserve a smoke break,” which would take the two back to their youth where they could relax and have fun in each other’s presence through drugs. The chorus puts the listener in a trance, as Chance’s vocals over GARREN’s soothing beat makes the listener feel as if all of their problems will be lifted, much like how Chance believes the couple’s problems will be lifted with a smoke break.

In the second verse, Chance talks about the past experiences that they both shared, such as when he raps, “We used to Netflix and roll, I used to pass her the smoke, she used to laugh at my jokes.” It is clear that he misses the times that they had, smoking and actually being able to spend time with each other. It seems as if the two were the closest they had ever been during this time, as they were able to bask in the joys of young love. This makes it all the more emotional once the listener realizes that Chance can’t have a life like this anymore as long as he is big in the industry. The listener is left wondering if he should settle down and step away from the spotlight in order to have a calm and normal life.

In comes Future’s verse, where the tone shifts. Here, the Atlanta-rapper talks about his own experiences around not having time for relationships but focuses more on the aftermath of the situation. He mentions the arguments that he and, presumably, his girlfriend would get into when he raps, “Told me my mom was a whore.” After describing the tension in his relationship with the woman, he talks about how they self-medicated through the use of Percocet and weed. Overall, Future talks about his adult life and how, much like Chance, his tours and performances got in the way of things. The difference between the two is that a child added tension in Chance’s life, while drugs had a similar impact on Future.

The song “Smoke Break” summarizes the broken relationships that performers have to suffer through. Case in point, they lose their free time and don’t have as much fun anymore with people they used to share these experiences with. Chance and Future are able to capture this feeling perfectly, with their caring tone as well as strong vocals. Future’s verse helps emphasize the meaning of the song that Chance laid out in his verses, as they are both singing about broken relationships, and both describe different paths that they can lead to. It isn’t all too bad, however! There is peace in these situations through drug medication. This is shown throughout the song, as Chance sings to his girlfriend and paints a picture for the listener.

This image is a broken relationship, one plagued with unaligned schedules, stress at home as well as on the road. It has a cloud of smoke, signifying the one thing keeping them sane: a smoke break.

Tell us what you think of the song in the comments!

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The new year hasn’t stopped bringing us hot and new sneakers. The January 2019 releases incorporated new takes on classic shoes, such as the Nike Air Max 90 Essential Black and White as well as the Vans Sk8-Hi “Mixed Quilting” drop. January also brought completely new concepts and ideas, such as the Nike Air Fear of God “Light Bone/Black” release. February seems to be continuing the course left by January, with exciting new releases to come.

Make sure to keep these on your radar as you make your way through the next 28 days:

BAPE x Adidas Ultra BOOST “Camo Black, Camo” (2/1)

Nike Air Max 720 “Aurora Borealis” (2/1) 

Nike KD 11 “Just Do It” Speckled (2/1) 

Nike Air Tailwind 79 “Gym Red” (2/1)

Nike Air Max 95 “Wildwest, Aluminum, Midnight Navy/Laser Orange-Pure Platinum, Chinese New Year”

(2/1, 2/2, 2/22, TBA)

Nike Air VaporMax Plus “Black/Aluminum” (2/2)

Nike Zoom LeBron 3 ‘Home’ (2/2)

Nike LeBron 3 “Superman” (2/2)

Air Jordan 1 Mid “Equality” (2/2)

Adidas LXCON “Cloud White Active Blue, Clear Brown Active Purple” (2/2)

Nike WMNS Air VaporMax 2019 “Active Fuchsia” (2/5)

Air Jordan 12 “Chinese New Year 2019” (2/5)

Air Jordan 33 “Chinese New Year” (2/5)

Off-White x Nike Air Max 90 “Desert Ore/Hyper Jade-Bright Mango, Black” (2/7)

Nike Air Max 97 “LX Anthracite, Realtree” (2/7, 2/8)

Air Jordan 9 UNC (2/9)

Pharrell x Adidas Solar Hu Glide ST “Chinese New Year” (2/11)

Pharrell x Adidas Crazy BYW “Chinese New Year” (2/11)

Nike Air Foamposite One “Floral” (2/14)

Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Turbo Green” (2/15)

Nike Adapt BB “ Black” (2/17)

Nike ACG Wildwood (2/20)

adidas ultra BOOST 2019 “Refract, Core White Core Black” (2/13, 2/21)

Undercover Gyakusou x Nike Zoom “Pegasus Turbo Gold Dart” (2/28)

Nike Air VaporMax Flyknit 2.0 “Chinese New Year” (TBA)

These upcoming releases are indeed following the trends of last month! They are both new takes on classic silhouettes (see: Air Jordan 1 Retro High OG “Turbo Green” out 2/15) and completely new as well as innovative (see: Nike Adapt BB out 2/17). Let’s hope February is a good month for sneakers and puts a special flair inside of everyone’s closets. Let us know in the comments which ones you are looking forward to checking out!

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No matter how you plan on celebrating the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., we wanted to bring you a quick snapshot of those honoring his legacy through music and/or conversation. Many of these events are free while others have ticket information. Check out how some of your local organizations are reflecting, remembering and celebrating the legendary iconic civil rights leader!

What: The 33rd Annual Brooklyn Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Where: Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM!) — Brooklyn, NY
When: January 21, 2019
Info: https://www.bam.org/talks/2019/

Now in its 33rd year, make it an early morning celebration at BAM! in Brooklyn, NY!  From the website: This event brings world-renowned activists, public figures, and civic leaders together with musicians and other performers to pay tribute to King’s legacy and keep his message alive. Join us for this full day of events, including a movie screening and an art exhibition.

What: The Global Impact of Civil Rights (with special guest, Trevor Noah)
Where: Syracuse University — Syracuse, NY
When: January 27, 2019
Infohttp://mlk.syr.edu/

From the website: This year’s recipients will be honored at the 34th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration, to be held this year in the Carrier Dome under its theme “The Global Impact of Civil Rights.” The celebration is the largest of its kind on a college campus and features performances, dinner and a conversation with Trevor Noah, host of “The Daily Show” and author of “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood.”

What: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration 2019
Where: California African American Museum — Los Angeles, CA
When: January 21, 2019
Infohttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/martin-luther-king-jr-day

From the website: CAAM’s family-friendly celebration of the life of the civil rights activist and leader includes: art-making activities; the panel discussion Passing the Torch: Intergenerational Activism in the 21st Century; a keynote by Reverend Eddie Anderson on The Time is Always Right to do Right; excerpts of MLK speeches by youth activists and a youth march through Exposition Park.

What: Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration 2019
Where: Milwaukee Public Library — Milwaukee, WI
When: January 21, 2019
Infohttps://www.mpl.org/

From the website: For the past 10 years the branch has opened on Martin Luther King Jr. Day to offer a celebration filled with poetry, music, dance, crafts, games and community services. Programming for the celebration is funded by the Milwaukee Public Library Foundation.

What: Body & Soul: MLK Celebration with Joe Claussell, Danny Krivit, and Francois K.
Where: Avant Gardner — Brooklyn, NY
When: January 20, 2019
Infohttps://www.residentadvisor.net/events/

From the website: Picking up on Body & SOUL’s intense and memorable anniversary party this past July at the Avant Gardner, the DJ team and the venue are joining forces again, this time for Body & SOUL’s yearly celebration of Martin Luther King’s life and legacy. Always a great time to come together and remember what unites us: music!

What: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day at the Atlanta History Center
Where: Atlanta History Center — Atlanta, GA
When: January 21, 2019
Infohttp://www.atlantahistorycenter.com/programs/martin-luther-king-jr.

From the website: Enjoy free admission to Atlanta History Center and Atlanta History Center Midtown in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This special community day includes programming highlighting the contributions and stories of African Americans in Atlanta. Guests enjoy immersive museum theatre performances and inspiring activities for all ages. Among the highlights is a screening of Frederick Lewis’ documentary Paul Laurence Dunbar: Beyond the Mask, about the life and legacy of the first African American writer to achieve national and international fame, followed by a conversation with the filmmaker. 

What: Seattle MLK Jr. OC – Youth Celebration
Where: Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center — Seattle, WA
When: January 20, 2019
Infohttps://www.langstonseattle.org/

From the website: Youths will take the stage to perform songs, dances, and spoken-word, and participate in panel discussions “expressing the meaning of Dr. King’s ‘Dream’.” Admission and food are free.

What: Standing at the Threshold Celebration 2019
Where: Dartmouth College — Hanover, NH
When: January 21 – 27, 2019
Infohttps://www.dartmouth.edu/~mlk/

From the website: It is our hope that the programs over the next several weeks will inspire you to get on board and embrace and support inclusivity, equity, and diversity in our community and around the world. We hope that you will be inspired to speak up for your neighbor even if your own well being is not threatened. Speak up for justice even if you feel protected by laws that do little to protect others. Finally, work to make sure that the American dream is not only for those with money, power and self-centered righteousness. We stand at the threshold between human compassion and total indifference. May our programs inspire you to choose compassion.

What: Bridging Musical Worlds 2019 – Celebrating Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Where: Friendship Missionary Baptist Church — Charlotte, NC
When: January 20, 2019
Infohttps://www.facebook.com/events/

From the website: The 11th Annual Bridging Musical Worlds program is a collaborative concert between ‘A Sign Of The Times the Carolinas, My Sister’s House, the Charlotte Folk Society, and the UNC Charlotte College of Arts + Architecture. Each year, we perform music dedicated to the life and works of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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