Treye’s Picks July 2014: Summer Crowns and Dragons’ Tails

[1. Herschel Supply Co. Settlement Book Bag, $55 at Nordstrom. 2. Brixton Tiller Hat, $115 at Brixton. 3. Nixon Time Teller Watch, $95 at Urban Outfitters. 4. John Hardy Double-Wrap Dragon Bracelet, $350 at Neiman Marcus. 5. Sebastian Mikael's Speechless, $10 at iTunes.]

[1. Herschel Supply Co. Settlement Book Bag, $55 at Nordstrom. 2. Brixton Tiller Hat, $115 at ASOS. 3. Nixon Time Teller Watch, $95 at Urban Outfitters. 4. John Hardy Double-Wrap Dragon Bracelet, $350 at Neiman Marcus. 5. Sebastian Mikael’s Speechless, $10 at iTunes.]

It feels like it was just the Fourth of July, but this month is quickly coming to a close. It’s been packed with cookouts, outdoor concerts and a some amazing thrift store finds. My pick’s for July are both pragmatic and excessive, perfect to shield you from the scorching rays of summer while allowing you to do a little summer-style flexing at your next house party.

I’m wanting the ruggedly mint Herschel Settlement book bag. I’m needing Nixon’s Time Teller Watch. I’m covering my head with the Brixton Tiller hat. I’m splurging on John Hardy Dragon Double-Wrap bracelet.  I’m listening to Sebastian Mikael’s “Speechless.” And my favorite July cover girls are the extraordinary Lupita Nyong’o for U.S. Vogue and the flawless  Kelly Moreira for Marie Claire France.

10 To Know: This Week’s Top Moments In Culture And Entertainment

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This week in pop culture, Tia Mowry sounded off on Charlize Theron’s mean girl tendencies this week, Lil Wayne made a major move with his sports management company’s first client and Kanye West and his self-proclaimed “greatness” graced the cover of GQ’s August issue.

Raed below for more of the top moments you may have missed.

1. An Air Algerie flight crashed on Thursday in Mali as it traveled from Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, to Algiers. A rainstorm is suspected as the cause of the crash that is beleived to have killed all 116 people aboard the plane.  [USA Today]

2. Tia Mowry called out Charlize Theron for being rude toward her at a SoulCycle class. [International Business Times]

3. French Montana and his girlfriend Khloe Kardashian  made an appearance on Angie Martinez’s radio show Thursday. They talked about all the publicity their relationship has received as well and just how the odd pair first met. [Power 105.1]

4. Kanye west landed the cover of GQ’s August Issue, where he talks about his upcoming new album, his fashion designer aspirations and also opens up about his marriage to reality TV queen Kim Kardashian. [GQ]

5.  The NYPD officer who placed a Staten Island man in a deadly chokehold has been stripped of his bags and gun and placed on desk duty. [Huffington Post]

6. President Barack Obama’s motorcade kept a pregnant woman in Los Angeles from crossing the street to get to the hospital. [The Blaze]

7. Cristiano Ronaldo is officially the first client singed to Lil Wayne’s sports management company. [New York Daily News]

8. The first visuals have been released from Lifetime’s biopic the life of Whitney Houston, starring Yaya DeCosta at the late singer.  [Entertainment Tonight]

9. Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 victims’ identies are being stolen for Facebook and credit card scams. [Mashable]

10. “True Blood” actor Nelsan Ellis called out his former cast member Luke Grimes for quitting the show because Grimes didn’t want to play a gay character. [Vulture]

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These black jeans were just taking up space in my closet until I decided to breathe a little grungy life into them. I distressed them myself and quickly gained a new appreciation for my upgraded jeans.

I now wear them pretty often, especially on the days I’m feeling inspired by one of favorite style icons, Lenny Kravitz.

Best Beats: Five Songs You Should Have Heard This Week

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I’ve had several tracks on replay for the past few days, ranging from Elle Varner’s playful “Don’t Wanna Dance” to basically every song of Adrian Marcel’s impressive mixtape “Weak After Next.” Jill Scott and SZA’s “Divinity,” Molia’s “Too Late” and Majid Jordan’s “A Place Like This” were also on heavy rotation this week.

Adrian Marcel – Weak After Next

Adrian Marcel dropped “Weak After Next,” his first mixtape since releasing “7 Days Of Weak” last year. The project is slickly produced and packed with several R&B bangers that are sure to build even more buzz around Marcel. “Honey,” his duet with Kelly Rowland, “Fly” and “Be Mine” are three standout songs on the mixtape. But his stirring cover of James Browns’ “It’s A Man’s World” offers true glimpse into Marcel’s strengths as a vocalist.

Elle Varner – Don’t Wanna Dance 

Featuring a sample of Jimmy Castor’s “I Just Wanna Stop” — the same track used for the intro of Kanye West’s “We Don’t Care” — Elle Varner’s “Don’t Wanna Dance” is a light-hearted take on wasting her night at a party she didn’t really want to attend.  Her mind is on her man and her aching feet, a story she recounts over an infectious, instrument-packed production. The stacked harmonies on the second verse are an added bonus.

Molia – Too Late

Molia checks out of a toxic relationship in her bass-heavy “Too Late.” The production, with it’s synths, dreamy chords and thumping intro makes for a pretty aggressive breakup anthem.

Majid Jordan – A Place Like This

Majid Jordan, who are signed to Drake’s Toronto-based OVO Sound Label, teased the release of their upcoming EP with the projects title track “A Place Like This.” Featuring Majid Al Maskati and Jordan Ullman, the duo’s moody track is anchored by a strong bass-line and Maskati’s haunting vocals.

Sza and Jill Scott – Divinity

A collaboration between SZA and Jill Scott is expected to be nothing but great, and the two ladies of soul didn’t let us down. The track finds SZA and Scott singing over each other’s verses and sporadically tossing-in ad-libs as throughout the 8-minute-long vocal marathon. There is no harmonizing between the two, but the lush, futuristic production and free-flowing verses make for a magical song.

10 To Know: This Week’s Top Moments In Culture And Entertainment

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Wickliffe Police Department

From the second Malaysia Airlines tragedy in four months to Drake’s highly praised performance as host of this year’s ESPY Awards, here are the stories you need to know this week pop culture and media.

1. Angela Green attempted to steal a little of Jeremy Meek’s mug shot shine when she posed with an epic duckface after being arrested by Wickliffe, Ohio, police for refusing to leave a hotel. [WOIO]

2. The Puerto Rican Prince Joseline Hernandez was reportedly involved in several alterations during the taping of the “Love and Hip Hop: Atlanta” reunion show on Tuesday. Witnesses at the taping say she attacked fellow cast members Althea Heart and Tami Rivera and also attacked a security guard. [TMZ]

3. Yes, Drake stole the show as host of this year’s ESPY Awards. But it was his hilarious skit with Blake Griffin and Chris Brown that was one of the night’s biggest highlight’s. You can watch the video here.

4. Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 was blown out of the sky over Ukraine on Thursday. The passenger plane was carrying 298 people, all who died in the accident. U.S. official say the plane was shot down by a surface-to-air missile in a possible terrorist attack. But it isn’t yet known who was responsible for firing the missile. [New York Daily News]

5. After the pair showed up hand-in-hand at the ESPYS, there is speculation that Lil Wayne and singer Christina Milian are dating. [MadameNoire]

6. Adrienne Bailon can finally stop talking about her ex-boyfriend Rob Kardashian now that she has removed a tattoo of his name from her backside. [New York Post]

7. Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran have reportedly reconciled after the pair reportedly split up following Fourth of July weekend. [Hollywood Life]

8. Brandy was inducted as honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority on Wednesday. She posted several pictures from the ceremony on her Instagram account. [Vibe]

9. A video was released showing a drunken Charlie Sheen talking with fans in the drive-thru of a Taco Bell. [Gawker]

10. A Delaware couple was arrested for having sex on the roof of a Chipotle restaurant. [International Business Times]