About Alvin aqua Blanco

Alvin aqua Blanco is the Director of Content in the Men's Division for iOne Digital, steering Cassius Life and Hip-Hop Wired. Representing the Bronx, he was nurtured by a steady diet of Hip-Hop culture and music. He graduated from the University of Virginia, with a B.A. in African American Studies and Psychology. His prior work has appeared in XXL, The Source, Vibe, The Village Voice, and other notable print and online publications. Other stops in his over 15-year journalism career include BET, MTV News, and AllHipHop.com. Alvin joined iOne in 2017 and continues to always make sure the culture—be it music, business, fashion, sports, sneakers, and everything in between—is thoroughly and accurately documented.

The Cassius crew returns with more Black Watch, our picks to get your TV binging schedule right for the weekend. All you need is the appropriate streaming service, or at least a trial subscription, to get down.

When you hear “tech gifts” you might start thinking about the latest smartphone or maybe a gaming system. But what about if you’re into wellness?

Our latest installment of Black Watch is here with plenty of recommendations to keep you settled in for some weekend bingeing. From gangstas in London to the MCU to a rapper in tune with his emotions, we got you covered.

The Cassius crew is back with another installment of Black Watch, our picks to get you right for the weekend if you plan on settling in on your couch and streaming something entertaining, with Black people in it.

Well, you can’t say a Kardashian isn’t familiar with the needs of NBA players. Sorry, that was just too easy. On Monday, October 30, the NBA and SKIMS, the line founded by Kanye West’s ex-wife Kim Kardashian, announced a multiyear partnership that makes the brand the official underwear partner of the NBA, as well as […]

The Cassius crew is back with Black Watch, our picks to get you right for the weekend if you plan on settling in on your couch and streaming something entertaining, with Black people in it. Just saying.

Thanks to the plethora of streaming services available (Hulu, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Tubi, and on and on), finding something to watch, that will hold your attention, over the weekend can be a daunting task. Add to that the desire to see characters who look like you (read: Black, Latino, Indigenous, and people of color in […]

Black men need love, too. On Wednesday (Sept. 13), SheaMoisture Men launched the “Black Men Love” campaign that aims to showcase Black men through the prism of love, which will alter the stereotypes and misperceptions of Black masculinity in the process.

Multihyphenate superstar Method Man talks about acting, rapping and 50 years of Hip-Hop in our 'Cassius Life' cover story.

A pair of Puma Suede sneakers, or the Clyde worn by NBA great Walt “Clyde” Frazier, were a staple for b-boys, making them a Hip-Hop classic. So it should be no surprise that the Puma brand is launching a “Mixtape” collection in honor of Hip-Hop and the culture’s 50th anniversary.

Doja Cat is pretty good at trolling. The rapper turned singer turned rapper again is claiming that her last two, best-selling albums, were both just “cash grabs.”

Foot Locker puts in the work to support Black designers with its LEED (Leading Education and Economic Development) program, throughout the year. For Black History Month 2023 the retailer focused on showcasing talented streetwear designers. LEED started in 2020 is part of Foot Locker’s $200 million commitment to supporting the Black community. This is done […]