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Motorcycle or a Car?


A San Francisco start-up has developed a car that could be a game changer for the auto industry. Lit Motors' C-1 bridges the gap between a car and a motorcycle, providing the saftey of a car without the high ongoing costs of ownership. Because the vehicle is electric, commuting costs are negligible: "You can get to work and back for less than 50 cents a day."

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How Jadakiss And Styles P Are Bringing Juice Bars To The Hood [INSIGHTS] I Elite Daily

You don’t have to be a legendary rapper in order to help your community, but it certainly helps.


Jadakiss and Styles P are bonafide hip-hop heavyweights whose careers have spanned three decades, but their legacies may be solidified by something other than their music.


Through their chain of juice bars, Juices For Life, The LOX members are looking to provide a much-needed place for people in low-income neighborhoods to consume something good for them. These neighborhoods are often referred to as “food deserts,” since access to nutritional food is virtually nonexistent.


Styles P said, "In the poorer communities, mostly, the money gets invested in liquor stores and the kind of things we don’t need."


Jadakiss and Styles P are leading by example and looking to put an end to food deserts through their Juices For Life locations, but they aren’t alone.


Jeff Brown, the founder and CEO of Brown’s Super Stores, a chain of grocery stores that offers high quality and nutritional food at affordable prices, said, "What Jadakiss and Styles P are doing, they’re successful, and they don’t need to be concerned about society... They’re deciding to use their success to make a difference for people. I think if we all did that, we’d fix a lot of our country’s problems."


With its three locations, Juices For Life is giving people unprecedented access to nutritional options in the Bronx and Yonkers, New York, with hopes of expanding in the near future.


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Holborn-based Allilon Education hosts unique arts event at Spitalfields

21 OCTOBER 2014, Old Spitalfields Market, London – Allilon Education – the Holborn-based education company focused on promoting the highest standards of hairdressing training – hosted its first ever The Crafts event in Old Spitalfields Market last week, bringing together unique names from the worlds of art, craft and hair for a night to influence, energise and inspire. 


Held on Tuesday 21 October 2014, the event, which was the first of its kind for the hairdressing industry, saw a selection of artists from make-up and millinery to sculpture and street art showcase their collective talents and skills to an audience of almost 1,800 international hairdressers, many of whom were in London to attend the 2014 Davines World Wide Hair Tour. 


A host of local London craftspeople, and others from across the UK, including international award-winning fashion jewellery designer Lilli Colley and street artist Nathan Bowen, wowed the crowds with their unique skills. 


The event was the brainchild of Allilon Education Directors, Johnny Othona and Pedro Inchenko, who chose the select group of collaborators to explore the different interpretations of craftsmanship by displaying their abilities to highlight creativity and craft at its finest and to educate, inspire and influence through a variety of artistic genres.


The Crafts creative line-up included: 


Nathan Bowen – Street Art

Using imaginative, dynamic and experimental techniques, street artist Nathan transforms derelict spaces into works of art using pens and acrylic paints.


Brendan Hesmondhalgh – Sculpture

A Yorkshire-based animal sculptor, who works with clay, wax and bronze, to capture the dynamic nature of animals, focuses on structure, movement and character.


Hilary Simms – Clay Sculpture

2012 British Craft Trade Fair winner of the Giftware Association award for Excellence her work with clay is tranquil and beautiful.


Laura Swift – Tattoo Art

Using dotwork, Laura has a love of old school tattoos with penchant for detail and offers multi-platform design and illustration.


Anna Lingis – Make-up 

Anna is a face-painter, make-up artist, special-effects artist, nail technician and tattoo designer. She has face and body-painted at events including the first-ever UK Zoo Project festival – a hedonistic weekend of electronic music.!artists/anna-lingis


Andy Burgess – Wood Sculpture 

A professional chainsaw wood sculptor, Andy creates bespoke sculptures by carving with chainsaws and power tools to create an array of shapes, figures, animals and sculptured forms. He was the first chainsaw wood sculptor to exhibit at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show in 2013.


Lili Colley – Fashion Jewellery Design 

An international, award-winning fashion jewellery designer, Lili creates her designs by layering coloured spectrums of Perspex, mirrors and polished brass to create innovative geometric jewellery.


Eighties Conspiracy – Graffiti

Eighties Conspiracy is a graffiti crew of seven members founded in Marseille, south of France, in 2003. The artists work between London, Toronto, Paris, and the South of France producing large-scale murals of wild, organic shapes, bringing to life the most colourful scenery in a style of their own.


Louise Jones – Illustration

Birmingham-based illustrator Louise works under the alias of sparklymouse and focuses her creativity around intricate, hand embroidered illustrations of the human figure.


Meredith Owen – Fine Art

Meredith is a fine artist with a long drawn attraction and interest in nature and animals, creating images that are not what they appear at first glance.




Alexandra & Maria Luiza Tonchievici – Origami

Twin Romanian artists, Alex and Maria developed a love of Origami – the Japanese art of folding paper – six years ago and create activities for children and young people engaging them in creating something unique. 


Jenny Mcilhatton – Milliner

Jenny is the creator of For Evelyn, hats fusing fashion training and a love of textile art. Her influences range from tutus to Hitchcock films.


Wenistus Asanga Amerasinge – Ice Sculptor

Sri Lankan born Wenistus Asanga Amerasinge is an ice-carver renowned for his extraordinary creations crystallised in ice.


Said Director, Johnny Othona: “When I googled craftsmanship, hairdressing wasn’t referenced, which frustrated me. As a result, we created The Crafts to build a platform for craftsmanship, both in the hairdressing industry and beyond, to showcase creativity in an environment accessible to all and to create long-lasting collaborations between the worlds of art and hair. Our aim was to ensure hairdressing is recognised as a craft alongside art, and we plan to make this an annual event.”


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Papa Spices Restaurant Review

I attended 16 Hoxton Square yesterday as I was invited down to Moniker’s where Papa Spice Pop-Up Afro-Brit restaurant set up shop. They are there for a week ending Sunday 12th October 2014, so make sure you get down there to taste their wonderful cuisine.

On entry the restaurant had a lovely calming atmosphere with a busy crowd awaiting their orders. I was taken to my seat and handed a menu. After going through the menu here’s what I ordered:

Papa spice BBQ Jumbo wings:
Jumbo chicken wings marinated for 24 hrs using papa spice hot marinade, roasted and then finished off by Basting with a special-secret Papa spice bbq sauce (Would love to know this secret.)

Main and Side Dish:
Afro-Brit Stew Chicken with Steamed Rice:
Boneless and skinned chicken thighs are cut into bite size pieces, marinated with the hot marinade over night and then roasted. The stew is made of mixed chopped vegetables (Carrots, onions, leeks and butternut squash) which is cooked in veg oil, Papa Spice hot marinade, palm sugar, seasoned coconut milk and chicken stock. This is then cooked out and blitz till smooth. Garnished with sugar snaps, baby sweetcorn, chill and spring onions and finished off with chopped coriander. Then served with steamed rice and a side order of Papa Raw Slaw coleslaw.

Lemon & Honey Posset with warm Cinnamon Brioche.
Double cream, fresh lemon juice and zest, sugar, honey and vanilla pods is reduced and set in the fridge. This is then served with a warm cinnamon brioche which is toasted in clarified butter, then coated in cinnamon sugar and warmed through to order.

The wings were delicious, very spicy but not too spicy. You could really taste the marinated papa spice hot marinade (Would love to know the secret), and the salad dressing on the lettuce was to die for, really delicious.

The Afro-brit chicken stew with steamed rice was also a very nice main meal. I was thoroughly content with the main meal and just about had enough room for the desert.

I didn't know what to expect from the Lemon & Honey Posset with warm Cinnamon Brioche but when I tucked in it was gorgeous. Very strong taste of honey and lemon, double cream, caster sugar, lemon zest. Brioche is like a french bread which was soaked in Cinnamon.


Overall the service was very good and waiters and owner was very accommodating and helpfull. Sitting in the Papa spice themed restaurant felt like they had been there for a long time. I also took a liking to the retro themed decor. Especially the old bus taking centre stage. Loved the Garage music and oldskool RnB playing in the background, made me feel at home.

Make sure you get down to Monikers 16 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6NT before Sunday 12th October 11pm. Papa Spice are bringing back some of their signature Afro-Brit dishes as well as introducing new ones.

Follow them on Facebook, instagram and Twitter @papaspice1 or check out their website on for all your updates.

Words by Trevor Small

Photos by Gina Fairhead

Mr Play crowned first ever Uk Cirocboy

Here's a snippet of Mr Play's crowning at Club NWC in December 2013. This is just a preview of the documentary coming very soon. 

K-Swiss & Charlie Sloth Challenge Scott Mills To Step Up His Sneaker

Choice FM rebrand to Capital XTRA

Kix Mag attended the launch of NBA2K14 at a secret location yesterday and we bumped into E-Plus former Choice FM DJ. He informed us of the devastating news that Choice FM has been rebranded and is now called Capital XTRA (Global Radio).
This rebranding will take place from Monday 7th October with Kojo and Jade launching the programming at 6am. It comes to great sadness that as a loyal Choice FM listener, we will be loosing our favourite DJ's, but on a good note gaining some more. We at Kix Mag feel we will be loosing alot of the urban music that we tuned into Choice FM for. They are calling it Dance.Urban.Uk, and the likes of Tim Westwood, Avicii and Craig David will be joining the roster.

Capital XTRA will be available nationwide on DAB and on FM in London.

I'd like to take this time to say sorry to hear about the change, good luck to all the DJ's and staff and congratulations in the change over and wish everyone all the best. Lucy Ambash, DJ 279, DJ Quincy Choice FM DJ's have supported Kix Mag over the years and would like to thank them for their continued support.

Words by Trevor Small

JAJA SOZE - Where Do We Go From Here (Documentary)

Check out this documentary that Jaja Soze X-Gang put together interviewing other X Gang member's on what, where and why we still have theres problems on our Streets in the UK today.

K-Swiss Presents California Love With Charlie Sloth Episode 5 with MckNasty

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Charlie Sloth is back in London following his excursions in Los Angeles and Mr California Love himself is on the lookout for artists in his homeland who have been and continue to be inspired by the left-coast.

In the latest episode of the series, Sloth hooks-up with Britain's most recognisable drummer MckNasty, the brother of Labrinth, Joshua McKenzie has made a name for himself touring with and producing live shows for Tinie Tempah, Wretch 32, Plan B, Lily Allen and Lady Gaga to name a few.

K-Swiss presents California Love with Charlie Sloth - Episode 4

Sports lifestyle brand K-Swiss takes its new campaign, California Love, back to where it all started for the brand; the American West Coast. This spring, BBC Radio 1 DJ and trainer connoisseur, Charlie Sloth, visits LA to explore the origins of hip hop, it's rise, it's fall and its resurgence in the UK.

K-Swiss California Love Episode Four, which launches on 7th May, 2013, sees Charlie Sloth travel to Los Angeles to interview English Dubstep producer and DJ Rusko. The Leeds based DJ, who is closely affiliated with Caspa, a fellow DJ/producer, performed as the duo Caspa & Rusko, at Glastonbury Festival in 2008.

K-Swiss presents California Love with Charlie Sloth - Episode 3

The 411 Show EP. 2

Giving you the 411 on Singapores Hip Hop scene!


In this episode of THE 411 SHOW, the team recaps 2 events that happened in March - 65&hope's Definition as well as the Esplanade Shows of Grizzle Grind Crew and Da Fam. Requiem shares his thoughts on Mean's In Flight EP and we also kick off a brand new segment - RAPPER TAG!


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Changes in the Law and how it will affect you.

Life happens and unfortunately sometimes our marriages break up, our Landlord refuses to deal with repairs at the property we are renting or we are in an accident which is someone else’s fault and we are hurt. What do we do, well in the old days we could apply for Legal Aid or enter into a No Win No Fee agreement (a Conditional Fee Agreement) with our Solicitor but not any more, as of the 1st April the Government brought in massive changes and most people don’t seem to have noticed them. 

You should be aware by now of the changes to Housing Benefits and the "bedroom tax". If you are living in social housing you will know by now that if you are in receipt of housing benefit, and you have one 'spare' bedroom your housing benefit will be cut by 14% of the rent you pay every week. If you have two or more spare bedrooms, you will lose 25%. If you don’t ensure that the balance of your rent is paid you could end up with possession proceedings being served on you.

But the changes don’t stop there. Did you know that Legal Aid has been slashed across the board and it will now be rare for anyone earning over £20,000 to qualify for legal aid, and, the chances of getting help with legal bills will be minimal. The cut-off point to be able to get legal aid will be a household income of £32,000, and those between £14,000 and £32,000 will have to go through a detailed means test.

So who is affected by this, well, you will now be unable to get Legal Aid to help you to prepare for an employment tribunal or representation at an appeal tribunal. The only exception to this will be if you are bringing a case for discrimination. Even then people bringing claims will only have access to help via a phone line manned in three different offices round the country, rather than face-to-face meetings.

Up to 70% of Family law cases, which involve separation and divorce, child custody or financial issues, will no longer have access to legal aid.

Legal Aid has also been removed for people with housing, welfare benefits, debt and immigration problems and though people can no longer get help with rent arrears, they will still be able to get legal aid once possession proceedings are issued.

With solicitors charging between £150 to £200 per hour peoples’ access to justice is going to be seriously compromised and many people are going to have to act for themselves as Litigants in Person.

As the legal system can be complex and confusing to a Litigant In Person and many cases brought by them are lost due to technical or procedural errors, Litigants In Person will need help at an affordable price and for free advice and guidance on various aspects of the Law you can go to

K-Swiss presents California Love with Charlie Sloth - Episode 2

Balthazar Opening Night

Finesse, refinement and delicacy of service is what comes to mind when Ithink of Keith McNally's Balthazar.
Originally opened in 1997 in New York, the doors of this French Bistro arenow open in London's trendy Covent Garden area.

First impressions - Everything is as a dance; perfectly synchronised,immaculate and well timed. A faultless execution of fine dining.

Any restaurater knows that maintaining the balance between the quality ofservice and well prepared food is not an easy feat but an art, one thatmany have not yet mastered, but, Mcnally has pulled it off effortlessly.
Amongst all its finery McNally has somehow managed to set and maintain hisdelicate equalibrium. The tone and ambiance is an intelligent understandingof design. From the grandeur of the purposefully unpolished mirrors, thesculptured mermaids and Balthazar's humming and moody Orange lighting,Mcnally seems to have an innate understanding of what works.

From the moment you step-foot at the entrance you are welcomed in by thedoorman who politely introduces you to a Balahazar host. The staff are bothcharming and attentive without being overbearing or upperty and hovergracefully about the room. There is a real cosmopolitan feeling inBalahazar. Some staff look and act as if you are in a private and exclusiveestablishment while others are tattooed, wearing studded earings. It isboth very multicultural and non-judging suggesting that everyone is welcomeinside.
Balthazar boasts an impressive menu to. A selection of Parisian bistrofare, an extensive wine list, decadent deserts and safood galore.Admittedly I didn't get to sample the menu this time around, but did enjoythe coffee. All an excuse for another visit!

So, if your in the mood for a taste of New York glam and Parisian fancywithout the airmiles, then KIX MAG suggests that you head down toCovent Garden's Balthazar along Russell street.
Lets hope that they continue with the success of their opening night!


Review by Angela Owusu & Joshua Cooper

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