Posts Tagged ‘Responds’

Drake Responds To Blackface Controversy In New Statement

Drake has finally responded to Pusha T’s scathing dis record “The Story of Adidon,” but not in the way most were predicting. Wednesday night (May 30), the Toronto rapper posted a statement on Instagram explaining the photo featuring him in blackface that Push used for the cover of his track.

“I know everyone is enjoying the circus but I want to clarify this image in question,” Drake wrote in an Instagram story. “This was not from a clothing brand shoot or my music career. This picture is from 2007, a time in my life where I was an actor and I was working on a project that was about young black actors struggling to get roles, being stereotyped and type cast. The photos represented how African Americans were once wrongfully portrayed in entertainment.”

Drizzy went onto explain that the photo, taken by photographer David Leyes, was part of a project aimed at showing the frustrations that he and his best friend felt as black actors.

“Me and my best friend Mazin Elsadig who is also an actor from Sudan were attempting to use our voice to bring awareness to the issues we dealt with all the time as black actors at auditions,” Graham continues. “This was to highlight and raise our frustrations with not always getting a fair chance in the industry and to make a point that the struggle for black actors had not changed much.”

Since the photo was revealed, many people traced Drake’s clothing in it to the streetwear brand Too Black Guys, which released a “Jim Crow Couture/House of Crow” collection in 2008. However, the brand’s founder, Adrian Aitcheson, issued a statement sharing that the company was not involved in the photo.

“Too Black Guys has a history of representing the black experience in an unapologetic way,” Aitcheson wrote. Although this was not an image from any of our photoshoots, we feel that Drake, who is a long-time friend of the brand, was brilliantly illustrating the hypocrisy of the Jim Crow Era.”

The current spat between Drake and Pusha T is one of the most ruthless in recent memory. Push’s “Infrared” reignited a seven-year beef, which Graham was happy to respond to on “Duppy Freestyle.” Unfortunately for Drake, a decade-old photo has quickly taken over the narrative. It isn’t every day that a rapper responds to beef with a written statement, but at this point, it was unavoidable.

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The Internet Responds to Big Baller Brand’s First Shoe – the $495 ZO2 Prime

Earlier today first-round prospect Lonzo Ball unveiled his first signature shoe, the ZO2: Prime, produced by his family’s Big Baller Brand.  The shoes were immediately made available for pre-order for $ 495 for sizes 8-13.5 and $ 695 for sizes 14 and 15.

While the debut shoe, the ZO:2 Prime, looks incredibly good for a debut design, many took exception to the price.

RELATED: Lonzo Ball Unveils ZO2: Prime – First Big Baller Brand Shoes

As with anything related to the Ball family lately, the internet had some opinions to share and today you might say they held nothing back.  Below are just a few highlights from this afternoon.

Regarding the price:

Opinion from Insiders:

Then there were memes:

Then the disrespect:

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Michael Jordan’s Son Responds To Kanye West’s Statements in #FACTS

The internet was stirring as soon as Kanye West released his Nike/Jordan diss track, #FACTS, on New Year’s Eve.  While there has been no official response from the Beaverton, OR based sportswear giant or Jordan Brand, there was a reply from Michael Jordan’s son – Marcus Jordan.

RELATED: Facts vs. Fiction of Kanye West’s #FACTS

Just a short while ago, Marcus Jordan tweeted the following followed by a good gif of his pops.

I am sure this is not the last we will hear of Nike/Jordan vs. Adidas/Kanye in 2016…

Michael Jordan and Kanye West (Photoshop by Nice Kicks)

Michael Jordan and Kanye West (Photoshop by Nice Kicks)

Michael Jordan laughing holding a pair of Yeezys (photoshop by The Shoe Game)

Michael Jordan laughing holding a pair of Yeezys (photoshop by The Shoe Game)

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