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Dr. Romanelli
Darren Romanelli, better known in the fashion world as Dr. Romanelli, has been creating for years some of the most interesting customized pieces. His signature designs have been worn by the biggest celebrities and athletes in mainstream America. He's even teamed up with some of the biggest brands in the market like Coca-Cola, Disney, Head Porter and more to create limited pieces and capsule collections. We love all of the collaborations that DRx has been a part of, but here's a look at the 7 best Dr. Romanelli collaborations in our opinion.
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The 7 Best Collaborations Of Designer Dr. Romanelli

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Last night, Magic Johnson was interviewed by CNN regarding the claims made against him by the Los Angeles Clippers' disgraced owner Donald Sterling. While the reaction to Sterling's remarks—wherein he said Johnson should be "ashamed" for having AIDS, which he does not have—was vitriolic, it's far from the first time the Los Angeles Lakers legend has been in the headlines. As one of the greatest NBA players of all time—and an ambassador for a disease, HIV, that has had the entire world on edge for decades—he's gotten name-checked in a multitude of hip-hop tracks. With that in mind, XXL has compiled 36 hip-hop songs that reference Magic Johnson. —Dan Rys
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36 Hip-Hop Songs That Name Drop Magic Johnson

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In the midst of a playoff run, Portland Trailblazers Small Forward Dorell Wright has his eyes on his second Larry O'Brien NBA Championship Trophy. Wright was drafted in the 2004 NBA Draft by the Miami Heat directly out of his South Kent Prep high school in Connecticut. He tasted success pretty quickly, winning a championship with the Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal led-Miami Heat in 2006. Now on the Blazers, the nine-year veteran is entrenched in a heated playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs in the semi-finals of the Western Conference. The Blazers are facing a win-or-go-home game 5 match-up tonight in San Antonio.

Wright was born and raised on the West Coast and grew up a huge hip-hop head. He jumped on the phone with XXL to discuss his favorite West Coast album, the artists he listens to now, the Spurs series and what he does when he's not on the hardwood. —Emmanuel C.M.
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Portland Trailblazers Forward Dorrell Wright On His Love For West Coast Hip-Hop

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Glasses Malone

XXL: What was your initial reaction?
Man, it just got worse and worse. I’m not surprised, because Baron Davis, a couple of people...you've seen the story about Elgin Baylor. You've seen little stuff; he owns a lot of property in L.A., Donald Sterling, and you hear about the slumlord suits and how he treats people. It’s not a surprise. My issue is just actually hearing it. It’s a difference when you hear story about slavery, then you get to hear it yourself. It's the equivalent to a slave master, [hearing] how he used to treat his slaves, [then] you get to hear it from the horse's mouth. It's crazy, its real, it’s happening.

I would have not played [if I was a player]. Honestly, I feel that would have sent the message that needed to be sent. All African-Americans shouldn’t have played yesterday. I just feel like people don’t do anything until they are forced. Especially people of power, people of that class, they needed to be forced. If a player gets into a fight in a game on Monday, he’s suspended by Wednesday’s game. They didn’t even give this guy an indefinite suspension while they reviewed [the tape], they just asked him not to come to the game. Maybe that’s against protocol but the issue is very severe.  Right now, the way I feel... Riley Cooper, that guy is getting just a suspension for the things that he said, and DeSean Jackson allegedly being a part of a gang—Riley Cooper gets an extension. They can still do us the same way. It’s really happening.

I would not record [if a label executive said that]; it’s no bueno. I’m not, like, pro-revolution. But as a man there are certain things you should stand for, [and] you have to take a stand. I don’t know what’s the regulation of the rules; I doubt it would be within regulation of the rules to take his team. We’re talking about different owners who are in an association together. I’m sure they all knew who he was before.
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Donald Sterling Had A Conversation With Rapper Maserati And It’s Crazy

The biggest story outside of the Jay Z and Solange fight is the Donald Sterling saga. Sterling recently on CNN and chopped it up with Anderson Cooper for one of the most bizarre interview you'll will ever see...

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Questlove Thinks Today’s Hip-Hop Artists Have Lost Their ‘Cool’

During an essay as part of his six-part series with Vulture, Roots drummer Questlove discusses the notion of "black cool" and how today's artists cannot match the cool effect of artists and figures like Miles Davis, Betty Davis, Muhammad Ali, Richard Pryor, Billie Holiday, Jimi Hendrix, Sly Stone, Angela Davis and Prince...

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