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H&M Controvesial AD Is ReImagined By Artist

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H&M has been under fire after releasing a controversial ad a black boy in hoodie that read “coolest monkey in the jungle.” This created an uproar for the companies insensitive to use of the monkey as a racial slur for black people around the world.

The clothing brand has since issued an apology and announced plans to pull the hoodie from its shelves. But many are still calling on others to boycott by citing that it’s bad enough that it happened in the first place.

“We sincerely apologize for offending people with this image of a printed hooded top. The image has been removed from all online channels and the product will not be for sale in the United States,” wrote H&M in a statement obtained by Fox News. “We believe in diversity and inclusion in all that we do and will be reviewing all our internal policies accordingly to avoid any future issues.”

Several celebrities including Diddy, T.I., and LeBron James, have since condemned the brand for the ad as well. The Weeknd, who released a collaboration with H&M last year cut all ties with the brand.

Artists have taken it upon themselves to reimage the ad in a positive direction.

I created this based off of @mrchrisclassic correction of @hm Error. A great role model and man I look up to wrote this message @mrchrisclassic : “I made this because I dont wanna see this young Kings face anymore with the shirt he was hired to wear by H&M. I'm almost certain the Persson Family and their $31 Billion wont care in Sweden but… this lil guy will see his pics and the mockery one day because the internet doesnt erase… so I just hope he gets to see this one or any like it that celebrate him.” . Tarajosu: I also want to say I don’t wear H&M or Zara or any of those types of brands. I wear offbrands and I don’t own more clothes than I can fit in my carry on luggage. I buy pieces that last or I make them last. Someone at H&M knew this would create controversy. So many issues to tackle. Don’t support brands that don’t support you. It’s simple. . #Mysavoirfaire #king #empowerment

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Kobe Byrant Was Shocked By Kanye’s Slavery Comments

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Future HOF and Oscar Winner Kobe Bryant spoke out about Kanye’s recent slavery comments.

The NBA legend spoke with high school students at We Rise LA over the weekend, an event dedicated to inspiring future generations. In a video posted by TMZ, Bryant gave his two cents about West’s opinions during a Q&A session.

“I’m sure [I felt] the way everybody else here in this room feels,” Bryant admitted when a student asked about his response to the slavery comment in particular. “‘The hell are you talking about?’ I think that was my reaction as is everybody else’s reaction.”

Bryant continued, “The thing about our country is that you have the right to say whatever it is that you want to say. That’s the beautiful part about living in a democracy. Conversely, you have to take the responses that come after that as well.”

The athlete explained his theory that entertainers like Ye are “always in a state of growth,” challenging themselves and frequently questioning  their own opinions. However, in this case, Bryant’s opinion is firm: “Completely disagree.”

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JJ Watt Offers To Aid With The Funerals For The Victims Of The Santa Fe Shooting

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Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt plans to cover the costs of the funerals of the victims of Friday’s mass shooting at Santa Fe High School.

Santa Fe High School was the site of the latest school shooting tragedy. Ten people were killed, nine of them students, and another 10 were injured at the Houston area high school on Friday after a 17-year-old gunman opened fire with a shotgun and a revolver in the school.

When the news hit Watt responded with a tweet about the tragedy that ended lives due to gun violence.

Watt responded by offering to help the families during the worst moments of their lives. J.J. Watt reached out to the school to provide the support he could for the families of the victims, offering to cover all funeral costs for those killed in the tragedy.

Watt has used his stature in the Houston community to help those in need after tragedies in recent years, most notably raising $37 million for Hurricane Harvey relief after it ravaged the city last August.

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Spike Lee Calls Out Donald Trump During His Cannes Speech

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Spike Lee spoke out against Donald Trump dividing the country during Cannes Film Festival.

Following the  premiere screening of his Cannes competition title BlacKkKlansman — a true story following a black detective’s (John David Washington) plot to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan with help from a white colleague (Adam Driver) in 1970s Colorado — Lee blasted the country’s fractured state during the film’s press conference as he explained the project’s closing moments.

“We have a guy in the White House — I’m not gonna say his f—ing name — who defined that moment not just for Americans but the world, and that motherfu—er was given the chance to say we are about love, not hate. And that motherfu—er did not denounce the motherfu—ing Klan, the alt-right, and those Nazi motherfu—ers,” Lee said, per Vulture, adding that the Heyer’s killing was an “ugly blemish” on the U.S. “It was a defining moment, and he could have said to the world, not just the United States, that we were better than that.”

Following the Charlottesville protests, Trump did, however, hold a press conference on Aug. 14, 2017, during which he said: “To anyone who acted criminally in this weekend’s racist violence, you will be held fully accountable. Justice will be delivered… we condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry, and violence. It has no place in America.”

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