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Nas Launches Ugly Xmas Sweater in Support of Prison Reform

If you’re going to an ugly Christmas sweater party this year, do it with purpose!  Nas is selling his “Kneeling Santa” sweaters through his HSTRY clothing brand.  According to the site:

“A portion of proceeds will go to The Center for Court Innovation, which seeks to help create a more effective and humane justice system, reducing both crime and incarceration.”

You can read more about the initiative over at Huff Post and pick up a sweater via HSTRY’s website.

 

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Spoiler alert: I purchased the red one.

 

Nintendo NES Classic Edition

Add this to my holiday wish list please!

Once upon a time, I was a gamer.  During the late 80’s and through the mid 90’s I spent countless hours staring into a tv screen playing games such as Super Mario Brothers, Duck Hunt, Donkey Kong, Bubble Bobble etc.  My older cousin and I would stay up into the early morning hours on weekends desperately trying to defend queens, capture fruit and defeat any and every enemy to our land.  She had a Sega Genesis system but I was Nintendo kinda gal.  And when they were released, a Super Nintendo, Gameboy and even Game Gear kinda gal.  I owned them all. I LOVED playing video games.  Then, something happened.  Sony released its first gaming system, PlayStation, and everything changed.  The graphics were superior to anything the gaming world had ever seen before.  The games were more complex, thought-provoking, and realistic.  And, expensive. I too by this point had changed and began growing apart from my gaming ways.  While a family member that lived with me did own a PlayStation and allowed me to spend many hours getting used to the new game module, the desire to complete each level, discover new worlds and fight new enemies had worn off.

I distinctly remember being frustrated trying to navigate my way through a video game called Tomb Raider.  Lara Croft, the main character of the game, seemed to have a mind of her own and moving from a Nintendo controller to a PlayStation seemed to be easier said than done.  But I got it. I figured out how to make her run, jump, shimmy across ledges, fire weapons and swim.  Each new discovery led to a new level, new weapons and a new challenge.  And while that was great and all, the teenage me starting asking myself “What’s the point of all this?”  Especially when there were humans boys outside that I could occupy my time with!  I outgrew my games and never really looked back. Even when another older cousin gave me her Nintendo Wii a few years back, I could never really get the same excitement going about it the way I could as a kid. That was until I saw this: 

Some genius has decided to bring back 30 of the original Nintendo classics in a small console for $60 bucks.  Sold.  I don’t care that you can’t expand it and download more games (nostalgia folks) or that the controller is not wireless (again, nostalgia) or that apparently you can’t open the cartridge door of the console (been there, done it), it’s making me want to sit on the floor for a few hours and play video games that I grew up with and haven’t seen on a screen in YEARS and THAT is worth my hard-earned money. Again, I’m not a serious gamer, so all of the serious gamer complaints or critiques that I’ve been reading online mean nothing to me.  This thing looks cool AF and I want it.  SO, If you’re looking for something to get your girl for the upcoming holiday season, look no further. 🙂

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