At the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, former President Barack Obama spoke about parallels between his life and artist Kehinde Wiley.
RUSSIAN LUXURY: 2015 DARTZ 'BLACK SHARK' PROMBRON
It's described as the 'Emperor of the road' and the first real 'Spy Kar'. It is designed for Russian Federation's leaders and inspired by powerful Black Shark military helicopter. The Prombron Black Shark is a battle-ready armored SUV built atop a Mercedes AMG GL platform.
Dartz use movie references with its introduction of the Black Shark, partly because its vehicles have found fame in movies like The Dictator and The November Man.
"Up until this point approved by 2 former 007 agents - Roger Moore and Pierce Brosnan, the DartZ cars have been mainly used by the opposite side in the movie conflict - the villains."
It's offered with the option of a modified version of the twin-turbo 5.5-litre V8 from the GL63 AMG, or a modified version of the twin-turbo 6.0-litre V12 from the GL65 AMG. Granted, you're feeling like royalty you can advance it with 1500 bhp.
The Black Shark is customized with security features such as electrochromatic windows for your privacy, custom safety (disappearing) coach doorhandles (with anti-papparazzi shock-device),Kevlar-Titanium body to prevent the use of magnetic mines, rotating bulletproof grill with DartZ badge and your customizable monogram as well asarmoring up to grade B7 using patented Soviet technology Kapsula for the guaranteed comfort even in the toughest of environments today's world provides. It has the Golden Eye feature implementing fingerprint & retina scanner for additional safety.
The interior is diamond encrusted and has the finest materials supplied by Italy's best - Luxpel, and their special division Kolonial Touch IMPbRIA, using laser engraving and tanning. Options include stingray, alligator, ostrich, crocodile, python, along with shark-skin & sheep-skin floor mats. All interior work is hand-assembled by masters of their craft.
Written by: Olivia W.
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Prince Pays Tribute to Vanity of Vanity 6 During His First Show of Australian Tour
Australia is the surprise first global leg of his Piano and a Microphone solo tour, a tour which didn’t exist a month ago but will be talked about for years.
His first Melbourne show at the State Theatre was particularly emotionally charged — Prince admitting he’d just found out about the death of Denise Matthews, aka Vanity, his ex-girlfriend from the early ‘80s and protoge when she fronted the band Vanity 6.
“Someone dear to us has passed away, I’m gonna dedicate this song to her,” Prince said before playing a touching version of Little Red Corvette with a touch of Dirty Mind — songs from the era when they were together.
He changed the lyrics to The Ladder to describe his relationship with Vanity and, for an encore, replaced the final words of The Beautiful Ones, 'my knees', with 'Denise'.
Unusually chatty and candid, he continued going off script. “Can I tell you a story about Vanity? Or should I tell you a story about Denise? Her and I used to love each other deeply. She loved me for the artist I was, I loved her for the artist she was trying to be. She and I would fight. She was very headstrong cause she knew she was the finest woman in the world. She never missed an opportunity to tell you that.”
Prince then opened up about a fight where he threatened to throw Vanity in the pool. She said “You can’t throw me in the pool, you’re too little”. He then asked his six foot bodyguard Chick to do the dirty work for him.
“I probably shouldn’t be telling this story,“ he said, “but she’d want us to celebrate her life and not mourn her.”
n her 1997 book, Blame It On Vanity, Denise claimed that Prince was the only man she ever truly loved, Jet Magazine reported.
They first met at the 1980 American Music Awards and Prince later asked her to be the lead singer of Vanity 6, a band known for their sexually explicit lyrics.
The pop power couple later famously posed for the cover of Rolling Stone magazine together in April 1983.
During one song he tapped his feet to make a beat, demonstrating he was wearing shoes that flash and light up, similar to the ones kids have.
News.com.au reports, that the show was delightfully loose. “Space is part of the music,” he noted at one point.
After an encore Prince asked “Mind if I jam a little?” Not when that jam becomes a medley of Raspberry Beret, Paisley Park, Starfish and Coffee and a jaw-dropping version of Adore, again for Vanity. You really felt you were watching something special, a glimpse into his heart that would never be repeated. Phones weren’t allowed or used, and there were no media photographers. It lives on only in memory.
Prince has recently embarked on his first Australian tour in four years - and will play New Zealand for the first time ever next week.
He surprised fans by announcing the Piano And A Microphone tour on Twitter earlier this month, having cancelled several European dates after the Paris terror attacks.
Dave Mirra 1974-2016
Greenville, NC Police Department released a statement on Facebook about his death and his impact on the BMX community as well as the Greenville community:
Mirra was an accomplished BMX rider and one of the most decorated athletes in ESPN's X Games history, medaling every year from 1995 to 2008 and winning 14 gold medals. He had a record of 24 career medals until 2013.
He hosted MTV's "Real World/Road Rules Challenge" and had two video games that carried his name, was also in exclusive company with Shaun White as the only athletes to win multiple gold medals over three X Games. Mirra was also tied with Tony Hawk and Joe Parsons as the fastest athletes to win 14 X Games medals. It took them eight appearances to reach the mark.
He also joined Subaru Rally Team USA in a 2007 Subaru Impreza WRX STI after snagging his first rally win in New Hampshire at the 2009 Team O'Neil Rally; earning him a position on Team USA.
Dave Mirra is survived by his wife, Lauren, and two children.
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Written by: Olivia W.
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2016 Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG
Throughout it's life span, the G-wagen became a luxury vehicle. The 2016 Mercedes-Benz G65 AMG definitely qualifies as majestic.
The five passenger G-Class by Mercedes-Benz comes in two trims, and is nicely equipped in the base model. Standard equipment includes: 18” alloy wheels, xenon headlamps, LED daytime running lights, fog lamps, powered and heated side mirrors, powered sunroof, automated wipers, parking sensors (front/rear), parking camera, collision mitigation system, remote entry/start, two-zone climate control, leather seating, powered and heated front seating, tilt and telescope steering wheel (powered), 7” touchscreen with voice command, GPS, Bluetooth/iPod/USB integration, HD radio and radio and 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system. Upgrades can add larger wheels, stop-start system, heated steering wheel, rear seat entertainment center, custom interior accents and more. Under the hood is a capable 5.5-liter V8 engine that’s rated at 382 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque.
There are carbon fiber panels across the dashboard and doors, the swank Napa quilted seats, and the easy, intuitive computer screen and entertainment technology are fresh and relevant, designed well for the current age.
To most, this $200,000 G-Wagen is worth stuntin in.
By: Olivia W
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