The Brilliance!


We’re really internet and we’re really back. A website about things Benjamin , Chuck , Virgil , and various friends & guests think are interesting. Little-to-no specific focus, a bit odd, speling errors, and incredibly culturally relevant.

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½ THE BRILLIANCE is in Maui!!!

Yessir. I leave in in like 12 hours, how do you love that? I know I love it. I’m talking about beaches, rain-forests, waterfalls, girls, doing absloutely nothing, waterfalls, coconuts, wild orchids, beaches, waterfalls, all my crew (except Chuck!)… I mean, what can I say? So yeah, catch me chilling in Lahina and exploring Hana in the next week or so…. Oh yeah, I probably won’t be updating THE BRILLIANCE! much, but I may drop a thing or two if I can find an internet café or something. Matt, Consing, Brandi, Jason, and Martin…let’s enjoy ourselves! Chuck, hold it down!!! And I’m out!!!!

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Something new. NOPATTERN and GARCIA MARQUEZ gauche team up to do a limited run hand-bag for the Japanese market. It’s quite nice. I’ll be honest, I don’t know a whole lot about GARCIA MARQUEZ gauche, but seems like I have seen their stuff before, quite hot. Either way, a very classic pattern / designer from Chuck on a large hand-bag…great shape, I love the link handles, so fresh. As for pricing, I believe it is roughly 27,000 YEN or about $250. Take a look at the link below for the GARCIA MARQUEZ gauche site. Very nice, props to Chuck on this one.

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2006 Aston Martin V8 Vantage!

I don’t care if it’s the ‘cheapest’ Aston. It’s still an Aston. And it’s beautiful. Aston Martin has to be, hands down, my favorite car company. The craftsmenship, the design, the overall ‘feel’ of the brand. It’s so…crisp and British regal. As for this new Vantage, it’s priced at roughly $110,000 when it drops in 2006 which is quite a steal compared with the $275,000+ for the Vanquish. It really competes with the 911 and SL in terms of pricing and performance, but none of the other brands match the feel of an Aston. So yeah, I’m not going to be buying this within the next year, but check me in a couple years…whoa. Cars like this motivate the hell out of me. Same with really nice condos…but anyway… And I love Aston Martin’s HQ, so fresh.

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Hip Hop Colony!!!

‘Kenya is not just about lions, giraffes and fast running men…it’s also about studios and hip-hop!’ This is the tagline for my man Michael Wanguhu’s new independent film ‘Hip Hop Colony’. With MTV taking on Africa as a hot new market this year and a lot of focus being put on African hip-hop, Michael is at the top of the game with his film. I had a chance to meet Michael when he was in Chicago a few months back and he is very passionate about what he’s doing with this film and it really is important to check it out and educate yourself on this historic movement that’s going on over there. The next screening for ‘Hip Hop Colony’ is June 24 at 3pm in Houston - more info and news updates here. THE BRILLIANCE! loves ‘Hip Hop Colony’ and Michael Wanguhu. News sites/editors out there - PLEASE spread the word on this. It needs and deserves attention and press FAR more than those goofy new limited edition Dunks you’re getting all giddy about. OK!

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Ace Hotel in Portland!

The now infamous Ace Hotel of Seattle is expanding into Portland! And let me tell you, if you don’t know about the Ace Hotel you really had better ask somebody. I did a write up on the Ace before, so I don’t need to rehash all of it…but, it is hands down the coolest hotel I have ever stayed in. 24 rooms of perfect design and execution and Portland, you guys get 55 rooms, yesir. I’m not 100% sure when the Portland location opens, but keep your eyes peeled for real. I can’t wait to see what they come up with. Also…check us in a couple weeks for the full feature/interview on Alex Calderwood, The Ace Hotel, Rudy’s Barbershop, Neverstop, and the whole empire. Shout out to Alex! Stay tuned.

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Custom Kicks Showdown!

I usually don’t post stuff like this. But I like this one…and for a good reason. It’s a customer sneaker design contest sponsored by Reebok and Finish Line where the entrant must take a pair of Reebok sneakers and ‘pimp them’ (ha) or customize them to their liking. Cool thing about this one is that the winning designer gets his shoes actually manufactured by Reebok and sold in Finish Line, a 3 day vacation in Boston touring Reebok’s HQ and $1,000 to spend on Reebok products. All the cash from the sale of the custom designed shoe goes to a charity of the designer’s choice. Reebok is doing their thing one step at a time, props to them. Cool contest concept, but I’m not feeling the name.

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Conflict Diamonds Remix!

Man, I post about Jay and Kanye like people post about Nikes. Whatever. Anyway, interesting track here. Kanye felt he needed to do a quick remix clearing up both the meaning behind his track Diamonds and his personal feelings on the whole issue of rappers (or anyone) buying ‘Conflict Diamonds’… Interesting stuff, his line directed at Jacob The Jeweler is pretty funny. Jay also gets on the track, but he doesn’t really touch on the whole Conflict Diamond issue…he does have some interesting verses concerning Bleek. Check the Ill Community over at for this track. And read up on Conflict Diamonds, matter of fact, read up on the whole gem trade, it’s crazy.

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Michael Jackson innocent

So? I don’t think anyone cares, really…Except that lady who released a bunch of white doves when they announced the verdict. wtf?

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DC Shoes Artist Series with André!

DC is doing their thing. As usual…what else would you expect? Anyway, DC continues their Artist Project Series with famed graffiti André. The shoes are limited to 250 pairs and will come with one of those fresh Incase hipsacks. The first chance to buy these will be at the view/opening party in taking place on July 7th at Black Block, located in Paris’ Palais de Tokyo Museum…awesome location. After that you’ll be able to grab these, if there are still any left, at Arkitip’s store. DC keeps doing progressive things, keeping fresh new artists in the mix. Stay tuned! And yo! That wild basketball thing is airing on TV now, so wild…what up Josh! Official word is that the shoes, and bags were created for the André X Arkitip issue. Each issue will come with a André X Arkitip X DC Shoes X Incase hip bag.

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Collaboration x News Post!

This news JUST got to us.

I mean, dang. Check it out, coming October 2017…Adidas x BAPE x Nike x Manute Bol x Nickelodeon x Casio x Skee-lo x Skechers x ITT Tech x Fendi x Home Depot limited edition kicks, so fresh, only 4 1/2 pairs made, available exclusively in random vending machines around the world. The collaboration to end all collaborations, this is it right here. I mean, come on. This is just crazy. They will be available in silver elephant skin with horse hair thread and gator soles, lined on the inside with only the finest panda fur. All your e-friends on Niketalk and your cousin who writes graff in New Jersey will be SUPER impressed when you show up with these on. Rock them with some limited edition socks and your favorite rare pair of jeans you got on eBay, and man, you are good to go. We also JUST got word that these will come with a TOTALLY limited edition Bentley x Creed pair of laces. SICK!