Air Jordan 3 “Pure White” Drops This Summer

On the lowest of lowkeys, the Air Jordan 4 “Pure Money” was one of the best retros of 2017. The look, quality, and under appreciated glow of a great white sneaker glossed over much of the community during a densely populated year in kicks. But would a “Pure Money” Air Jordan 3 find greater acclaim during its anniversary year? The answer is almost undoubtedly yes.

“Pure White” ’88s are releasing this summer and one of the first preview images was revealed today. Much like the aforementioned 4’s the shoe isn’t all-white. Metallic Silver markings lend color to the branding while a translucent outsole offers even greater intrigue. Early reports pin the Air Jordan 3 “Pure White” for a July 21 release. Jordan Brand has not yet confirmed.

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Zazie Beetz’s Domino Shows off Her Lucky Powers in New ‘Deadpool 2’ TV Spot


Following 20th Century Fox dropping the final trailer for Deadpool 2, due out on May 18, a new TV spot starring Zazie Beetz portraying Domino, who is starring alongside Ryan Reynolds and Josh Brolin, has just released.

The 30-second clip showcases the German-born actress emphasizing her luck-based powers and proficiency in combat for her recruitment into Deadpool‘s X-Force team, as she’s essentially regarded for her exceptional marksmanship and hand-to-hand skills in the Marvel universe.

In addition, the visuals reveal a never-before-seen footage of Domino taking on Josh Brolin‘s Cable, while also exhibiting the film’s comedic sensibility.

Deadpool 2 hits theaters on Friday, May 18.

Next up, watch Tom Hardy turn into ‘Venom’ in this potent new trailer.

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A First Look at the Next Medicom Toy x Nike SB Collaboration

Late last year, Medicom Toy and Nike SB teamed up for a special capsule collection based on a reissue of a high-profile 2005 pack. Now, the two brands are reconnecting for another vibrant new collaborative drop.

This time around, Medicom Toy and Nike SB have created a new pair of blue and khaki Dunk High sneakers. The shoe also has orange and white detailing, and boasts a mix of straightforward Nike SB and BE@RBRICK branding. Notably, the mix of colors make the item a solid choice for spring, as well as a throwback to 2004’s low-top OG.

You can take a look at the latest Medicom Toy and Nike SB collaboration baove. The collection’s wares will are set to hit retailers in May.

For more collaborative efforts from Nike SB, check out the brand’s recent team-up with Quartersnacks.

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The Air Jordan 6 “Tinker” Receives a Release Date

Although we haven’t seen the Air Jordan 6 "Tinker" just yet, we recently learned that Jordan Brand now has a release date of November 17 for the sure to be hyped sneaker.

Following the initial rumors of a Tinker Hatfield Air Jordan 6, many have been itching for a taste of what to expect. Early reports noted that the upcoming shoe will continue Jordan Brand’s new retro strategy of connecting Tinker’s original sketches with Michael Jordan‘s iconic court moments. With that said, looking at early sketches we could be seeing a slightly altered Jordan 6 sporting a look similar to the OG "White Infrared" colorway.

Priced at $190 USD, the Air Jordan 6 "Tinker" is set to drop November 17 via a soon to be determined special release.

For more Jordan Brand, watch a surgical dissection of the Virgil Abloh x Air Jordan 1.

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Apple fixes iPhone 8 third-party screen replacement issue with iOS 11.3.1

Apple released iOS 11.3.1 today, partially addressing an iOS 11.3 issue with iPhone 8 screens that were replaced by third-party repair shops. According to Apple, iOS 11.3.1 “addresses an issue where touch input was unresponsive on some iPhone 8 devices because they were serviced with non-genuine replacement displays.”

Reports two weeks ago noted that two different issues had appeared when iOS 11.3 discovered that replacement screens were installed in recent iPhones. One report revealed that iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X models were experiencing ambient light sensor failures despite having been repaired with genuine Apple parts. Another report found that iPhone 8 phones using non-genuine Apple screens suddenly developed touchscreen issues when iOS 11.3 was installed.

Oddly, release notes provided with the iOS 11.3.1 update only mention the non-genuine screen bug with iPhone 8 models, while chiding users for considering unauthorized components or repair services. Apple tells users that:

Non-genuine replacement displays may have compromised visual quality and may fail to work correctly. Apple-certified screen repairs are performed by trusted experts who use genuine Apple parts. See support.apple.com for more information.

It’s unclear whether this or a future update will address the ambient light sensor issues identified on iPhone X, iPhone 8, and iPhone 8 Plus models with genuine Apple screens. Third-party repair shops have speculated that the sensor issue pops up only because they are unable to obtain and use an Apple repair tool that tells the iPhone to accept replacement parts without complaint.

iOS 11.3.1 is available now as a free over-the-air update using the Settings app, under General > Software Update.

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The Air Jordan 3 “Katrina” Potentially Set to Release Early at Jordan Brand x Sneaker Politics Block Party

With the hype building around the Air Jordan 3 “Katrina” ever-growing, Sneaker Politics recently announced a possible exclusive early release for the long-awaited shoe.

The New Orleans footwear retailer took to Instagram to announce an upcoming block party in collaboration with Jordan Brand. Set to take place April 28, Sneaker Politics also revealed plans to drop what looks to be the Air Jordan 3 “Katrina” early at the party. It is currently unclear if this release will be an early drop or a Sneaker Politics exclusive according to the caption accompanying the Instagram post.

Stay tuned for more details as the Jordan Brand x Sneaker Politics Block Party nears.

For more Jordan Brand news, we recently received a release date for the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 4 silhouette.

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The Air Jordan 3 “Katrina” Potentially Set to Release Early at Jordan Brand x Sneaker Politics Block Party

With the hype building around the Air Jordan 3 “Katrina” ever-growing, Sneaker Politics recently announced a possible exclusive early release for the long-awaited shoe.

The New Orleans footwear retailer took to Instagram to announce an upcoming block party in collaboration with Jordan Brand. Set to take place April 28, Sneaker Politics also revealed plans to drop what looks to be the Air Jordan 3 “Katrina” early at the party. It is currently unclear if this release will be an early drop or a Sneaker Politics exclusive according to the caption accompanying the Instagram post.

Stay tuned for more details as the Jordan Brand x Sneaker Politics Block Party nears.

For more Jordan Brand news, we recently received a release date for the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 4 silhouette.

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The Air Jordan 3 “Katrina” Potentially Set to Release Early at Jordan Brand x Sneaker Politics Block Party

With the hype building around the Air Jordan 3 “Katrina” ever-growing, Sneaker Politics recently announced a possible exclusive early release for the long-awaited shoe.

The New Orleans footwear retailer took to Instagram to announce an upcoming block party in collaboration with Jordan Brand. Set to take place April 28, Sneaker Politics also revealed plans to drop what looks to be the Air Jordan 3 “Katrina” early at the party. It is currently unclear if this release will be an early drop or a Sneaker Politics exclusive according to the caption accompanying the Instagram post.

Stay tuned for more details as the Jordan Brand x Sneaker Politics Block Party nears.

For more Jordan Brand news, we recently received a release date for the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 4 silhouette.

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The Air Jordan 3 “Katrina” Potentially Set to Release Early at Jordan Brand x Sneaker Politics Block Party

With the hype building around the Air Jordan 3 “Katrina” ever-growing, Sneaker Politics recently announced a possible exclusive early release for the long-awaited shoe.

The New Orleans footwear retailer took to Instagram to announce an upcoming block party in collaboration with Jordan Brand. Set to take place April 28, Sneaker Politics also revealed plans to drop what looks to be the Air Jordan 3 “Katrina” early at the party. It is currently unclear if this release will be an early drop or a Sneaker Politics exclusive according to the caption accompanying the Instagram post.

Stay tuned for more details as the Jordan Brand x Sneaker Politics Block Party nears.

For more Jordan Brand news, we recently received a release date for the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 4 silhouette.

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The Air Jordan 3 “Katrina” Potentially Set to Release Early at Jordan Brand x Sneaker Politics Block Party

With the hype building around the Air Jordan 3 “Katrina” ever-growing, Sneaker Politics recently announced a possible exclusive early release for the long-awaited shoe.

The New Orleans footwear retailer took to Instagram to announce an upcoming block party in collaboration with Jordan Brand. Set to take place April 28, Sneaker Politics also revealed plans to drop what looks to be the Air Jordan 3 “Katrina” early at the party. It is currently unclear if this release will be an early drop or a Sneaker Politics exclusive according to the caption accompanying the Instagram post.

Stay tuned for more details as the Jordan Brand x Sneaker Politics Block Party nears.

For more Jordan Brand news, we recently received a release date for the Travis Scott x Air Jordan 4 silhouette.

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Best Art Drops This Week: Takashi Murakami Plushes, KAWS T-Shirts & More

Whether it’s an auction, private sale or online release, there is an innumerable amount of artworks being sold by the hour from international galleries and other art-inclined markets. Despite the overwhelming number of works being produced globally, finding the piece you want to purchase is easier nowadays due to websites catering to a specific art genre, as well as social media.

The only complication for attaining art may be getting first dibs at a painting by Picasso or a piece by a leading contemporary art luminary, such as Jeff Koons. Fortunately, there are affordable options for those desiring works by a major artist. Wearable art such as KAWS’s upcoming apparel collab with Union or collectible vinyl figures such as Medicom Toy’s BE@BRICK partnership with graffiti pioneer Phil Frost, won’t burn a big hole your wallet like an Old Master would.

Check out this week’s best art drops and let us know your favorites. In related art news, Cali Thornhill DeWitt and New York Sunshine are set to launch a new exhibit at Brussels’ STEMS Gallery.

Takashi Murakami x Uniqlo UT Doraemon Collection

Uniqlo UT

Release Date: April 26
Release Price: TBC, available first exclusively at the Uniqlo Fifth Avenue flagship store in NYC

Takashi Murakami and Uniqlo UT are set to release a new Doraemon collection. The iconic Japanese artist’s original designs from his 2017 “Create Your Own Doraemon” exhibit are embellished across the upcoming range, spanning 15 items and including men’s and kids’ T-shirts as well as an all-over print plush. The partnered offering is set to drop at Uniqlo’s Fifth Avenue flagship store in New York City on April 26. A global release will follow both online and in-store in late May.

Uniqlo Fifth Avenue
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New York, NY 10103

KAWS x Union Tokyo Apparel Collaboration

KAWS

Release Date: April 28
Release Price: TBC, available first exclusively at Union Tokyo flagship store

KAWS recently took to Instagram to unveil his latest apparel collaboration with the Union. The Brooklyn-based artist posted a video depicting drawings of his signature Companion character sitting atop “Union Tokyo” in bubble lettering. “I made this drawing for my friend @chrisunion [Chris Gibbs] who just opened UNION Japan,” said KAWS in the caption. Having added that the label already created several T-shirts and sweatshirts for the anticipated collab. All items will release first at Union Tokyo this April 28. A Union Los Angeles launch will follow on April 30.

Union Tokyo
2-26-5 Jingumae 1F
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
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Heritage Auctions Launches Second Major Streetwear Auction

Heritage Auctions

Release Date: April 24
Release Price: Bidding is now live, 274 available items at Heritage Auctions’ official website

Following a monumental streetwear auction with Canadian rapper Madchild, Heritage Auctions returns with another extensive sale featuring rare collectibles from KAWS, UNDERCOVER, BAPE, Supreme and Medicom Toy. A total of 274 items are up for grabs with the KAWS x Lucas Films Darth Vader Companion nabbing the highest bid price so far at $2,200 USD. Head over to Heritage Auctions’ official website to bid on your favorite pieces now.

James Jean’s Limited Edition Signed Catalogs For "Azimuth" Exhibit

James Jean

Release Date: April 20
Release Price: TBC, available exclusively at Kaikai Kiki Gallery in Tokyo, Japan

James Jean recently launched his latest solo exhibition at Kaikai Kiki Gallery in Tokyo, Japan titled "Azimuth." The presentation spotlights a number of never-before-seen stained glass works and paintings. To commemorate the show, the celebrated artist is giving gallery-goers a chance to grab a limited-edition signed catalog as well as a small sketch. Only 150 catalogs are available exclusively at the Japan gallery.

Kaikai Kiki Gallery
2-3-30 Motoazabu Crest Bldg. B1F
Minato, Tokyo 106-0046
Japan

Medicom Toy Releases New BE@RBRICK Collaboration With Phil Frost

Medicom Toy

Release Date: April 24
Release Price: ¥12,000 JPY – ¥48,000 JPY (approx. $110 USD – $440 USD), available at Medicom Toy stockists

Medicom Toy’s newest BE@RBRICK collaboration is none other than self-taught artist and graffiti pioneer Phil Frost. The NYC-based artist is widely acknowledged for his mixed-media works that fuse graffiti tags with facets of modern art. The drop includes 100% and 400% sizes that is now available at select Medicom Toy stockists.

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Kevin Hart Stars in J. Cole’s New Music Video, “Kevin’s Heart”

After shattering Spotify’s opening day record with the intro track off K.O.D., J. Cole has now shared the second set of visuals off the album for "Kevin’s Heart." Co-directed by J. Cole & Scott Lazer and starring Kevin Hart himself, the video was inspired by the comedian’s sex scandal turned extortion plot back in 2017.

In the clip, you’ll find cameras capturing a day-in-the-life of Kevin Hart as he does normal people things like go grocery shopping, cruise around, and going out to eat all while dealing with various seductive temptations along the way. Press play to watch above and revisit J. Cole’s new K.O.D. album streaming now on HYPEBEAST.

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Acne Studios Announces Wild 48-Hour Online Archive Sale


Acne Studios, the esteemed Swedish fashion house, has announced its famous 48-hour online pop-up sale will be available to the United States this time around at AcneArchive. The sale allows fans of the brand to take up to 75 percent off select pieces from past collections.

Launching today, April 24, at 10 a.m. EST, the shop will only be open for 48 hours, meaning any shopping needs to be done and dusted by 10 a.m. on April 26.

While there is a physical Acne Archive store in Stockholm, the online version of the sale rotates between regions each season, this time choosing to give U.S. fans to save on their favorite past pieces.

Due to the limited nature of the releases, it’s highly recommended to get in as quickly as possible to make sure you get what you want.

Head to the site below once 10 a.m. EST hits and let us know what you cop in the comments.

In other news, Kanye West has said he loves Donald Trump and admitted to an opioid addiction. Read more here.

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Kanye West Calls Into ‘Ebro in the Morning’ After Trump Controversy

Yesterday on Hot 97’s Ebro in the Morning, Ebro Darden detailed a recent telephone conversation he had with Kanye West. After insisting that Kanye remains out of touch with the majority of issues that plague African Americans in the United States, Ebro disclosed to listeners that West had told him that he does in fact love Donald Trump.

As you can imagine, this caused quite a stir, not only between the Hot 97 crew, but also around the hip-hop community. Now just a day later, ‘Ye called into Ebro in the Morning, but he didn’t address anything pertaining to his relationship with or thoughts on Trump. Instead, Kanye repeatedly told Ebro that he loves him, before going into Stevie Wonder’s iconic tune. West did, however, finally end up saying that he and Ebro need to meet up face to face to discuss some things.

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Just days ago Kanye also made known his support of far-right figure Candace Owens, leaving Twitter in an uproar. Follow here for more on the story.

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Drake Collaborates With Clarks on Four OVO-Branded Wallabees


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Brand: OVO x Clarks

Model: Wallabee Boot

Key Features: Each pair is handcrafted in Italy from Italian suede, and features the OVO owl logo debossed on the upper, an antique amber crepe sole, and the distinct gold foil owl emblem fob.

Release Date: April 27

Price: TBD

Buy: Exclusively online at OVO, OVO stores, and Clarks Originals Berwick Street store in Soho, London

Editor’s Notes: In the midst of rumors that Drake is leaving Jordan to sign with adidas, Drake’s clothing brand and multidisciplinary label OVO (October’s Very Own) teams up with Clarks Originals once again, for the duo’s second collaboration, this time taking on the iconic Wallabee model. The 1970 cult classic is given a luxurious, OVO-themed update on the forefoot, which is home to a debossed OVO monogram print, as well as a distinct OVO owl emblem fob.

The amber crepe sole ensures comfort for anyone wanting to wear these all day everyday, while the various colorways, ranging from black to a bright orange, mean you’ll be able to choose whether you want to blend in or stand out.

The collection will be available in both adult and kids sizes.

Flip through the product shots above and let us know your thoughts in the comments.

Now check out a full history of Drake’s footwear collaborations.

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Kanye West “Keep America Great” Posters Appearing All Over NYC, Chicago & LA

Less than 24 hours after Kanye West was reportedly quoted saying "I Love Donald Trump" during a private discussion with Hot 97’s Ebro Darden, "Keep America Great" posters with West’s face are now popping up all over New York City, Chicago and Los Angeles. The mysterious posters use President Trump’s 2020 campaign slogan along with the hashtag, "#KANYE2024." The Kids See Ghosts rapper acknowledged the posters himself by tweeting a photo of it out with the confused emoji, but quickly deleted it.

It should also be noted that this appears to be the work of several anonymous some street artists who have no personal connections to Kanye West. The group also reportedly issued this statement to the thegatewaypundit regarding their posters.

“Kanye West tore a hole in the fabric of reality this weekend by recognizing the wisdom of YouTuber Candace Owens in the most publicly unfiltered way possible, via Twitter. Donald Trump has proved to all Americans that clarity of vision and the ability to persuade are much stronger assets for a President than political experience. Kanye appears to get this more than anyone else out there. Candace Owens is fighting for individual sovereignty, self-responsibility and being recognized by Kanye is a watershed moment for this country. We don’t know if Kanye wants to be President, Trump has proved that it creates a huge amount of enemies, but recognizing universal cultural truths is something that cultural icons are better at than politicians, it’s how they build success.”

Check out the poster sightings down below.

In other related news, Kanye will also be appearing on an episode of Family Feud in May.

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MIT study shows the most successful entrepreneurs are in their forties

The tech world can sometimes feel like Logan’s Run. If you haven’t made your start by the end of your twenties, you’re officially past it. Daniel Ek founded Spotify when he was 23. Steve Jobs launched Apple when he was 21. And Mark Zuckerberg found the time to launch Facebook amidst a busy schedule of breast feeds and playdates.

Where are all the old people? Y’know, the people with spouses and kids and gray hair and bad backs? The ones with cassette collections and landlines, and whatever other ageist stereotypes you can think of.

According to a working paper from MIT Sloan professor Pierre Azoulay and PhD student Daniel Kim, they’re busy starting companies — and are arguably doing a better job of it too.

Azoulay and Kim crunched data from the Census Bureau’s Longitudinal Business Database, and from the Internal Revenue Service. The pair discovered that the average age of a founder that went on to hire at least one other person was 45.

This was especially true for companies in the high-tech “knowledge economy.” Per an article on MIT.edu, from Meredith Somers:

The researchers broke out the data into high-tech employment, VC-backed firms, and patenting firms. Across the entire United States, the average founder ages were 43, 42, and 45, respectively for those divisions.

The team looked at ages and startups in areas like California, New York, Massachusetts, and specifically Silicon Valley. The closest any founder age got to “young” was in VC-backed firms, where the average age was 39 in New York.

Similarly, the average founder age for one of the “youngest” technology sectors — in this case wireless telecommunication carriers — was 39 years old.

The secret sauce behind the success of these older founders is experience. According to Azoulay and Kim, entrepeneurs are 125 percent more successful if they have previously held employment in the industry they’re operating in.

That makes sense. If you’re going to “disrupt” an industry — or at least exist within it — it helps to actually know what you’re doing. And if you’ve worked in an industry for some time, you’re best placed to see any gaps in the market that could be filled by an innovative new startup.

And I imagine older founders would have some innate advantages over their younger counterparts. For starters, they’d probably have access to more start-up capital, either through savings they’ve built up over time, or through assets they can sell or mortgage.

Age allows you to build connections and social networks. It follows that older founders would have the guanxi needed to find investors and customers, where younger entrepreneurs might struggle.

Azoulay and Kim are both very explicit in that they don’t want to discourage younger founders. In the aforementioned MIT piece, Azoulay pointed out that there are young people who have founded “very robust, very large successful businesses.” The likes of Zuckerberg and Ek are living proof of that.

But it’s worth remembering they are outliers. We know their names because they’re exceptional people, who have created exceptionally world-changing companies.

The real picture of success isn’t the cliched hoodie-wearing millenial wunderkind, but is in fact much, much older.

The Next Web’s 2018 conference is just a few weeks away, and it’ll be 💥💥. Find out all about our tracks here.

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Could this be the first country in sub-Saharan Africa to defeat malaria?



In the tiny African kingdom of Swaziland*, one of the most effective tools in the fight against malaria is a telephone number: 977.

When someone tests positive for the mosquito-borne disease at a Swazi clinic, a nurse immediately dials those three digits to report the case to the country’s national emergency response center. The call triggers a text message to the national malaria program team, which dispatches investigators—armed with computer tablets that have built-in satellite maps and GPS software—to interview the patient and test all people living within a one-kilometer radius of their home. A separate team is called in to reapply insecticide to the walls of homes in the community to help protect other families from infection.

Such vigilance is one of the reasons why Swaziland may become the first malaria-free country in sub-Saharan Africa, where most malaria deaths occur.

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Swaziland’s well-coordinated malaria program—including a robust surveillance and control system—has helped reduce the number of cases in the country by more than 90 percent since 2002. Now, Swaziland aims to eliminate malaria entirely within its borders by 2020.

Swaziland’s bold goal is evidence of the incredible progress the world has made against malaria. Between 2000 and 2015, the combination of increased donor investment, strengthened political commitment, and new tools (including artemisinin combination therapies, rapid diagnostic tests, indoor residual spraying, and insecticide-treated bed nets), led to a 60 percent decline in malaria deaths.

At the same time, the difficulties Swaziland has experienced trying to become malaria free are a sobering reminder of the challenges the world faces to reach its goal of eradicating the disease.  While the number of malaria cases in Swaziland has fallen to just a few hundred cases each year, tackling those final cases is more difficult than anyone imagined. Swaziland thought it would eliminate the disease by the end of 2015, and again by the end of 2017, but each time fell short of its goal. Last year, Swaziland saw its number of malaria cases rise sharply. 

Globally, progress in the malaria fight has stalled. Further progress is in peril given the plateauing funding levels which make it impossible to fill remaining gaps in prevention and treatment of malaria and address the challenges of drug and insecticide resistance. After years of dramatic declines in malaria cases and deaths, the world is starting to lose ground. In 2017, the World Malaria Report showed that for the first time in years the number of malaria cases went up.

These setbacks should not lead to despair. They should serve as a wake-up call. As I told health officials at the Malaria Summit in London last week, the world needs a new strategy to meet the challenges ahead. That means developing innovations that will keep driving down malaria cases and malaria deaths, while tailoring interventions to address the specific needs of a country or region.

Swaziland is a good example of how countries can adapt their malaria control strategies to meet their unique circumstances. One of Swaziland’s biggest challenges is the cross-border movement of people infected with the disease from outside the country. Mozambique, Swaziland’s next-door neighbor, has one of the highest malaria burdens in the world. Workers from Mozambique may come into Swaziland with malaria. And when Swazis go to Mozambique, they sometimes return with the disease, which can then be passed on to their neighbors. Unpredictable weather also poses a challenge. The sudden spike of new cases last year was driven by heavier rainfall in the region, resulting in more mosquito breeding.

Swaziland and Mozambique are part of the Elimination 8 regional malaria elimination effort, which aims to wipe out malaria from eight countries in southern Africa. Last year, as part of that effort, Swaziland and Mozambique set up malaria posts along their border. As people go back and forth between the two countries, they are offered malaria tests and treatment to help prevent the importation of new cases. Since the posts were set up last year, thousands of people have been tested and treated and the national malaria program is optimistic that the number of cases will fall this year as a result.

At the same time, Swaziland remains committed to the painstaking work of investigating every new malaria case and responding swiftly to reduce the chance the disease will spread. The country also organized intensive media campaigns to warn residents and travelers of the danger of malaria and teach them how to protect themselves. Malaria diagnosis and treatment are free to everyone in private and public clinics.

I look forward to hearing more about Swaziland’s progress in the months ahead. If successful eliminating malaria within its borders, Swaziland can achieve a major milestone toward a goal once thought impossible—making Africa malaria free. I hope to see many more countries follow its lead.

* Just before I posted this, King Mswati III of Swaziland announced that the name of the country was changing to the Kingdom of eSwatini. In order to avoid confusion, I’ve used Swaziland in this post.





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This animal kills more people in a day than sharks do in a century



Mosquitoes keep me up at night.

If you ask someone about what things scare people the most, there’s a list of usual suspects: shark attacks, heights, enclosed spaces, etc. Mosquitoes usually don’t make the cut—but they frighten me more than almost anything else.

This fear might be a bit irrational in Seattle, where I live. Our climate is too mild for the types of mosquitoes that harbor serious diseases. In other parts of the world, however, families have good reason to be afraid. Mosquitoes and the diseases they carry kill more than half a million people every year. Consider this mind-blowing statistic:

Mosquito Week 2018

Of all the illnesses mosquitoes spread, malaria is the worst by far. More than 200 million people suffer from it every year, and a child dies from malaria every other minute of every day. If you survive, it can leave you vulnerable to other debilitating diseases and chronic anemia. It’s an awful, painful disease (I wrote about what it feels like to have malaria a couple years ago).

Melinda and I encounter a lot of suffering through our work, but one of the worst things I’ve ever seen is a child having seizures from cerebral malaria in Tanzania. I will never forget watching his small body twist in agony, as his parents waited to find out if he would survive. I wouldn’t wish that experience on anyone.

So why exactly are people more afraid of sharks than mosquitoes? The late Hans Rosling would argue that humans are hardwired to fear things that cause us physical harm. This instinct is practical if you live in poverty (on level 1 or 2), where an animal attack is more likely to kill you. But if you can afford life-saving healthcare, it can distort your perception of how significant a threat really is.

Even if you know that you’re 50,000 times more likely to get killed by a mosquito than a shark, human instinct wins out. A photo of a shark attack victim on the evening news evokes a visceral reaction, because the threat is obvious. A picture of a malaria victim in a hospital ward doesn’t trigger our fear instinct in the same way.

Despite this, I’m determined to spread the word about mosquitoes—which is why I’m bringing back Mosquito Week here on Gates Notes.


Everything I’m posting this week is dedicated to my least favorite pest. You can read some good news about a country that hopes to eliminate malaria by 2020. You can see how the bed nets the Mozambique Ministry of Health and World Vision distributed last year on behalf of the Gates Notes Insider community are making a difference. I’m going to be talking about mosquitoes on my social channels all week, and I hope you’ll join the conversation.

As long as Hollywood keeps making blockbusters about sharks, I’ll keep talking about why everyone should be more scared of a tiny bug than a 3,000-pound carnivore. Jaws is nothing compared with the flying terror that is a mosquito.





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J. Cole’s New Album Breaks Apple Music Streaming Record, Beating Drake

J. Cole released his latest album, KOD, on Friday, April 20. Billboard now reports that the LP has broken Apple Music’s record for most first-day album streams, as well as Spotify’s record for most first-day U.S. album streams. With 64.5 million plays on Apple Music, Cole beat the previous record held by Drake’s VIEWS (which was originally released exclusively on Apple Music and iTunes) by over a million streams. At 36.6 million plays on Spotify, he beat out the record previously held by Drake’s More Life.

J. Cole recently shared a video for his new song “ATM.” Read “5 Takeaways from J. Cole’s New Album, KOD” on the Pitch.

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