News ⚡ — Thursday, July 11
A$AP Rocky being held in “inhumane conditions” in Sweden following fight in Stockholm. Yayoi Kusama show coming to the Bronx next spring. Lady Gaga is launching a makeup brand exclusively on Amazon.
1. 😧 A$AP Rocky being held in “inhumane conditions” in Sweden, U.S. State Department “actively monitoring” situation
The artist is being held in pre-trial detention on suspicion of assault after he got into a fight in Stockholm after performing at the Smash hip-hop festival. Unsettling.
2. 🎃 Yayoi Kusama is coming to the Bronx for an expansive show next spring
She will host her exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden where she will also be creating new works for that show. Mirrors.
3. 💄 Lady Gaga is launching a makeup brand
Haus Laboratories, debuting in September, will be the first major beauty brand to be sold exclusively on Amazon. Mid-Tier.
4. ⚽ Nike Women x Gurls Talk: “Spit Fire, Dream Higher” (watch)
Adwoa Aboah, Gurls Talk founder and narrator of the film, presents the story through a pro-footballer’s lens while Nike athlete and PSG striker Nadia Nadim epitomizes the fighting spirit of female footballers. Ascent.
5. 👟 New Balance Runs in the Family
The new campaign video was created to promote the new 997S and features some of the most iconic members of the NB fam including Kawhi Leonard, Sadio Mané, Jaden Smith, Sydney McLaughlin, Jamie Foy and Francisco Lindor. Kicks.
6. ❌ Nicki Minaj cancels Saudi Arabia performance citing human rights concerns
After facing heated criticism from human rights groups, Minaj has pulled out of the July 18 event, citing her commitment to women’s rights, the LGBTQ community, and freedom of expression. Swayed.
7. 💥 Video game promotional stunt tricks New Yorkers into thinking they blew up a cop car
The campaign involved a real-life model of a gun from free-to-play science fiction shooter Warframe. GTA.
8. ⚡ Don’t panic about Bitcoin’s energy consumption
A new International Energy Agency analysis shows most of the mining is happening in parts of China with ample renewable energy sources. Relief.
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