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Nike Releases Its Black Dollars’ Matter Campaign, and I Love It

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First of all, Nike ain’t new to this, they are absolutely true to this. Last year, around this time, I decided I needed to address the NikeID Custom Air Huarache that had been weighing on my spirit. As I was trying to fix it with some new shoes because I thought it would make me feel better, completely forgetting Solange’s warning, I pooched (shout out to King of Reads) over to Nike.com and immediately noticed the full array of Blackness prevalent on the site. Their homepage was so steeped in Black culture, I thought for sure Nike.com was tracking me and created this website for my personal consumption just to get me to buy two pair of sneakers. It worked.

This latest ad campaign featuring Serena Williams as the mythic tennis Goddess and Colin Kaepernick as the self-sacrificing Black King was not surprising at all. It would appear that the Nike marketing department took a look at the numbers and realized the one thing I wish more corporations would get – Black people love Nike’s shit and they decided to talk directly to us. And I bet these same statistics show that Black women are far more educated with more disposable income than cis-het men, and Nike decided to really pay attention to what we get excited about – Serena is definitely it. Serena’s ad, which is beautiful in the most beautiful way, is a thinly veiled manifestation of Black Girl Magic. Reflecting the community that keeps you fed in your advertisements is so simple that it makes me wonder why Waffle House and Papa John’s and Chick-Fil-A don’t get it. You would have thought Black Panther’s success would have been enough, Marvel got it. Rumor has it they are planning to refilm scenes of Infinity Wars 2 to show more Wakanda. And I’m buying all the tickets.

Lest we forget, it must be mentioned that Nike is a multi-million (billion maybe?) dollar, international corporation, and corporations cannot, by their very nature, have morals. Corporations exist purely for capitalistic reasons, and there are no morals or high-mindedness in capitalism. To those of you prepared to build an altar to Nike, simmer down (Listen, they allegedly still have those babies in workshops stitching up all this sh*t, so let’s not get it twisted). It’s purely a dollar and cents thing; and honestly, I don’t think that’s a bad thing. Really, that’s the only good thing about capitalism – my money (or lack thereof) has the potential to influence you to represent my needs. Nike gets it.

To those of you prepared to build an altar to Nike, simmer down (Listen, they allegedly still have those babies in workshops stitching up all this sh*t, so let’s not get it twisted). It’s purely a dollar and cents thing. Click To Tweet

In my lifetime, I have spent a small fortune on Nike products just like most of the people in my family, all my friends, my neighbors, too many of us for them to ignore. Kanye said it best, “We shine because they hate us, floss ’cause they degrade us. We tryna buy back our 40 acres.” And if Nike is going to keep doing this, they can keep getting my money.

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Frank Ocean Clarifies Cease & Desist on Travis Scott “It Wasn’t about the Music it was about the LGBT Community”

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Travis Scott’s “Astroworld” has caused its fair share of controversy, more-so the one-sided beef with Nicki Minaj. This past week the “Sicko Mode” rapper had to deal with a cease and desist letter from the hands of Frank Ocean. Rumors started swirling that the “Pyramids” singer didn’t like the effects that Scott added to his vocals on “Carousel.” Frank Ocean took to Tumblr to clear up the rumors and give his side of the situation. Ocean says,

“I think the song sounds cool, I did it in like 20 minutes and the mix sounds the way Travis wanted it to sound for his record. I also approved it before it came out so the cease and desist wasn’t about 🔊 it was about 🏳️‍🌈. Me and Travis resolved it amongst ourselves weeks ago. 💖”

The pride flag emoji symbolizes how transgender, Amanda Lepore, was removed from Scott’s album cover. Now that the issue was resolved between the two musicians, Scott posted his own response to the situation, via Instagram.

It’s great to see that the two settled their issues outside of the courtroom. Shoutout to Frank for fighting for LGBT rights and now standing down. Let’s hope the two will continue to make great music together.

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Showing Up and Showing Out! :Take a Look at all of the Black Excellence at the Emmys

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Last night was the 70th Primetime Emmys and black people did what we do best and stole the show. Take a look at how some of our stars decided to dress up for the occasion.

Jennifer Lewis dedicated her look to support Colin Kaepernick. What a great way to use her platform!

Tracee Ellis Ross is serving us Pink Friday teas on a Monday Night

 

Emmy winner, Tiffany Haddish, remixed the parachute game from gym class and turned it into a cute ensemble.

Leslie Jones is showing the world that any and every color looks beautiful on dark skin

Grownish star, Yara Shahidi, is giving us a 2-for-1 combo of style and personality

There’s nothing insecure about Issa Rae as she struts down the runway in a sky blue jumpsuit

Yvonne Orji is all smiles as she serves us black excellence on the red carpet

Sterling K. Brown and wife, Ryan Michelle Bathe, get our award for Cutest Couple of the night

Lakeith Stanfield is looking crisp in the classic black and white suit

Last but not least queen, Angela Bassett, is showing the girls that black don’t crack and vibranium ain’t cheap

Those are some of the best looks at the 70th Primetime Emmys. The Emmys was not ready for all of that melanin! Notice how no one was afraid to shy away from bright colors and how black people really do look great in all shades. Whose look was your favorite? Did we forget any of your faves? Let us know in the comments below?

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Get the Strap: Wanda Smith’s Husband Apparently DID NOT Pull a Gun out on Katt Williams

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Last Friday a clip of Katt Williams roasting Atlanta’s V103 radio host, Wanda Smith, went viral. While there was obvious tension during the interview no one was expecting it to take the turn that it did. According to 11 Alive“Katt Williams told police that Wanda Smith’s husband, Lamorris Sellers, pulled a gun on him and pointed it in his face outside the Atlanta Comedy Theater.” On September 15th at around 9:30 p.m, Katt Williams said that he and Wanda Smith were arguing about the interview that was conducted the previous day. During the argument that’s when Smith’s husband, Lamorris Sellers, pulled out a gun on Katt.

Now Sellers recalls the event differently. He says that Katt was the aggressor in the verbal altercation and that he indicated that he wanted to fight. As Sellers chased him down he admits that he had a gun but his gun fell out of his waistband. He denies pointing his gun at anyone.

The Gwinnett County Police Department has reviewed the footage from that night and unfortunately where there were standing was not under surveillance.

The Atlanta Comedy Theater wants to clear their name in the altercation and released this statement:

“There is a lot of speculation and misinformation on the Internet about the incident with Katt Williams and Wanda Smith’s husband. The verbal altercation took place outside in the parking lot and NOT inside the Atlanta Comedy Theater. One of our security guards witnessed the incident as well as helped quickly de-escalate the situation, and reported he saw NO gun at anytime. We are an upscale comedy club and employ in-house security as well as off-duty officers at every show. We admire and respect both Wanda Smith and Katt Williams for their work in the standup comedy field and this is just an unfortunate incident with two clashing personalities. It is our understanding Mr. Williams stated he did not want to press charges so all the talk seems to be much ado about nothing.”

 

What do y’all think? Should Katt get the strap or is Wanda bugging? Let us know in the comments below.

 

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