On September 18, 2013, exactly one year ago, Kenichi Ebina won the hearts of many, many fans while competing for and winning the eighth season of America’s Got Talent. With hypnotic dance moves and a humble personality, what’s not to love?
The 40-year-old, Japanese dancer was rewarded with $1 million as well as his very own Las Vegas show. Recently, one of his most mesmerizing performances has been making its way around the internet. This performance was a tribute to none other than the King of Pop, Michael Jackson.
Now I’ve seen a number of people try to recreate Michael Jackson’s dance moves, but their skills usually pale in comparison. This is where Ebina stands out. Not only does he nail Jackson’s moves with ease, he even throws in his own moves as well.
Titled “MJ is Forever Alive,” the tribute has Ebina dancing along to some of Jackson’s most beloved songs and even has an accompanying video montage which can be played along with his performance.
The best part of all is that this video was taken at the San Francisco HipHop DanceFest 2009– years before Ebina won America’s Got Talent. Despite his younger age, it is clear that he has natural talent and ability. Check out the awesome MJ tribute for yourself and tell us what you think.
The sun is still beating down on us here in California, but we’re hopeful that cool fall weather will show up any day now (and save us from our horribly high AC bills).
So before the chilly season shows up, make sure your wardrobe is up to date and prepared. For today’s #TBT, we’re going to show you some of our most favorite men’s fall fashion inspired by Yoshi and Peter Adrian Sudarso. Clearly these guys have it figured out– it’s a year later and we still love these looks.
1) The Leather Look
It’s like Christmas came early! The boys give us just a hint of the “bad boy” leather look.
2) The Jean Look
In case the jean jacket craze hasn’t won you over yet, we’re sure this will.
3) The Layered Look
Because layers are now officially our favorite part of Fall.
4) The I-Didn’t-Know-Sweaters-Could-Look-So-Good Look
Its pretty self-explanatory.
5) The Weather-Is-Confusing-Today Look
For the fall days when mornings are cold, afternoons are hot, and nights are cold again.
To see more of the Sudarso Brothers (you know you want to) click here.
Don’t get the wrong idea about what sort of modeling career 101-year-old Kaoru Nozaki has. He’s definitely not flaunting this season’s menswear down the runway. Instead, his modeling career began when he had photographs taken showing what he loves to do most: Drink coffee.
Nozaki was well-known in his Japanese hometown. The kind man could always be found at the coffee shop (and we mean he was always at the coffee shop). Apparently, he looked so natural and calm while drinking his beverages that he piqued the interest of a gallery that happened to be running a “Coffee Cup Museum” exhibit.
The exhibit featured coffee cups from all over the world as well as an array of photos showing coffee drinkers like Nozaki. Dramafever reports Nozaki’s local community has been supportive and positive about his adorable modeling experience.
Kenneth Shinozuka is only15-years-old, but he already has a goal in life: He aims to discover a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease. Until that day comes, it seems that Shinozuka spends his time trying to find ways to make things just a little easier for patients with Alzheimer’s as well as those who take care of them.
Specifically, Shinozuka invented a pressure sensor that is worn with a sock (or on the bottom of the foot) and can detect an increase in pressure. This then wirelessly sends an alert to a caregiver or family member’s smartphone.
The ultimate goal of the device is to alert the caregiver if the patient wanders. NBC News points out an alarming statistic from the Alzheimer’s Association which says “of the estimated five million Americans with the disease, about 60 percent of them wander — and often become dangerously lost — as a result.”
Shinozuka came up with the idea for his device, called “Safe Wander,” because his own grandfather was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and often wandered out of bed. Shinozuka first used the device on his grandfather for 6 months and it detected each dangerous moment that he wandered out of bed in the middle of the night– all 437 times.
“I hope that my device will ultimately reach out to the tens of millions of wandering patients around the world and also relieve the burdens on their caregivers,” Shinozuka said.
Most impressive of all, Shinozuka came up with the idea and built the device from scratch. He’s currently testing it out in willing facilities. Many of the caretakers who try the device are delighted with the Safe Wander and say its much less obnoxious than the loud alarms used in most facilities.
“I’d like to solve some of the mysteries of the brain, and invent tools to ultimately, I think, cure Alzheimer’s and other mental conditions that our aging population suffers from,” says Shinozuka.
If you’ve ever been told you “run like a girl” or “hit like a girl” or have done any other physical activity “like a girl,” then you should be quite proud of yourself. After all, when 10-year-old Kaylyn Mintz took part in a push up contest against an older, male JROTC cadet, she proved that doing push ups “like a girl” means completely owning your opponent.
Videos of Kaylyn Mintz have been spreading like wildfire across the internet. It’s all thanks to an Active Heroes fundraiser in North Carolina earlier this month. There, Mintz did not hesitate to go head-to-head against a male JROTC cadet in a push up contest.
Right from the beginning, it is obvious that Mintz is a force to be reckoned with. The two easily match each others’ quick pace. Eventually, the JROTC cadet begins slowing down while Mintz continues with her incredible speed and strength. Sure enough, she pulls out victorious.
As it turns out, Mintz is a competitive gymnast who trains 17-20 hours a week. She is currently aiming to try out for a position on the U.S. Junior Olympic team. Her family has launched a GoFundMe page to help cover expenses for her trip.
So the next time you’re thinking of challenging a young girl to a push up contest, you may want to make sure you’re prepared. You don’t want to face the same exhausting defeat as this guy:
The beloved Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone was quite the topic of discussion this past weekend. Unfortunately, the attention was not because of her highly anticipated, English-language comedy Finding Fanny,which opened in the U.S. this past Friday. Instead it was about something completely unrelated: her cleavage.
It all began this past Sunday when the Times of India, a leading Indian newspaper, tweeted a photo taken of Padukone with the caption “OMG: Deepika Padukone’s cleavage show!” This was followed by a link to a slideshow of more pictures of the 28-year-old actress.
Now if the Times of India thought Padukone was simply going to ignore the tweet, they were very, very mistaken. Padukone wasted no time calling out the newspaper by discussing it’s content and lack of respect for women.
The Times of India responded to the actress by insisting that they only meant to compliment her. They tweeted at her saying, “You look so great that we want to make sure everyone knew! :)”
In return, this fueled the anger of her fans who pointed out that when men catcall and objectify women, it’s not a compliment. Fans were so riled up that the hashtag #IStandWithDeepikaPadukone was trending in India. A number of other stars stood with Padukone and applauded her for speaking up. Among them was Audrey cover girl, Priyanka Chopra.
Most of us are familiar with driving laws which prohibit drivers from talking on the phone while behind the wheel and texting while behind the wheel. These laws are understandable of course– an overwhelming amount of car collisions occur due to drivers who are distracted with their phones. Now, apparently, the distractions of smart phones have gone beyond driving.
Last week, a city in China named Chongqing surprised their pedestrians by splitting the walkway in two. There appeared to be a designated cellphone lane for those who couldn’t keep their eyes off their phone and wanted to text, check social media or play games while walking. This lane read, “Cellphones, walk in this lane at your own risk.” The other lane specifically banned all cell phone use. Clearly, the lanes are meant to create a walking experience with less collisions.
So has it really gotten that bad? Are people so glued to their phone that they can’t walk without causing potential harm to others? Well, not quite.
As it turns out, this new cellphone lane is not the work of government officials. It’s actually painted by a Chinese property manager. Aside from showing off his sense of humor, the property owner did this to remind people of the dangers of walking while having their eyes glued to their phone.
Will people actually follow the rules of these lanes? Will these lanes be such eye-openers that more cities will think of integrating them into their walkways? Time can only tell. But for any of you who have accidentally run into a pole, trashcan, door or person while texting, this one’s for you.
A lot of kids dream about being a superhero right? Well, a non-profit organization called E-Nabling The Future, which designs and prints prosthetic fingers and hands for people in need, is utilizing 3-D printing to get some children one step closer to that dream. The idea behind the project is simple enough: Why have a plain prosthetic arm when you can have Wolverine claws attached to them? At least that was how Aaron Brown felt.
Brown, a 3-D printing enthusiast in Michigan, volunteers for E-Nabling The Future alongside others volunteers including engineers, physical therapists, designers, and people who are simply interested in the development and creation of low-cost prosthetic limbs for children. Brown introduced the modified prosthetic during the Grand Rapids Maker Faire and (as expected) it was an absolute hit. As Huffington Post very correctly points out, “Just because you’re missing a hand, doesn’t mean you can’t be a superhero.”
“People’s faces just lit up!” Brown said in an interview. “The kids went crazy over it. And don’t worry … the claws aren’t sharp! They are rounded plastic and just stick on and off with velcro.”
Recently, 3-year-old Rayden “Bubba” Kahae got to experience becoming a superhero (the E-Nabling way). Kahae was born with Amniotic Band Syndrome, which caused his right hand to develop without fingers. Thanks to E-Nable, he now has an Iron Man prosthetic hand.
Best of all, the prosthetic was within the family’s budget. Other commercially-made prosthetic hands can cost upwards of $40,000, but Kahae’s 3-D printed Iron Man hand only cost $50 to build and was sent to him for free.
There are many reasons to love Big Bang Theory‘s Kunal Nayyar who plays Rajesh “Raj” Koothrappali. When we met Nayyar in the summer of 2013, we learned that he’s quite unlike his socially awkward character, Raj. In fact, he had us laughing the entire photo shoot.
Now in 2014, it appears he still has people on the floor laughing. Recently, the 33-year-old Indian British actor appeared on Conan to say that he would love the opportunity to be in a Bollywood film one day.
Of course, you can’t go on a show like Conan and expect not to show off some dance moves after a statement like that. Luckily, Nayyar was ready. He very enthusiastically instructed O’Brien and Andy Richter to get on their feet so he could teach them some popular Bollywood dance moves.
“It’s difficult to do by the way. It’s not easy to commit to singing and dancing. Commit to ‘Hey we’re having a conversation and now I’m singing to you. Now I’m in love with you and I’m swinging around a tree.’ It’s hard to do you know?” Nayyar jokes.
For years, Sanrio has catered to the female audience. That’s not to say that their products couldn’t be used by and loved by men, but it’s definitely harder to find a Hello Kitty shirt in men’s sizes. Well, Sanrio is looking to change that.
In honor of Hello Kitty’s 40th anniversary, Sanrio launched the Hello Kitty Men Project to encourage men to love their mascot without shame and without stereotypes. The project launched a six-day “Hello Kitty Men” exhibition, which started on September 10th. The exhibit will feature a new shirt line designed by Nendo and graphic designers Mina Tabei and Atsushi Ishiguro. Most exciting of all, the event may have a visit from Yūko Shimizu, the original designer of Hello Kitty.
Thanks for waiting, boys. And hello to all boys! I’m Kitty. Up until now, I’ve been loved by a lot of girls. But it’s always been on my mind. Not only girls, I want boys to be around me too. So I’m just going to do it. Hello Kitty Men Project, a Kitty for boys! The first part is going to be a t-shirt exhibit, in collaboration with designers. Cool, right? I’m going to be coming up with new forms of Kitty. So stay tuned. Hello Kitty Men.
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