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Brian Lichtenberg Celebrates VIBE's 20th Anniversary By Remixing Classic Covers For New Collection

Designer Brian Lichtenberg teams up with VIBE to remix some of its classic covers from the vault and debut his brand new collection. His latest designs, which pay homage to classic street wear of the '90s, mark a new direction for the Los Angeles-based wunderkind, known to flip familiar luxury brands such as Chanel, Balmain and Céline.

"The brands we selected for the collaboration for the covers were iconic and influential street wear brands of the '90s," he explains. After sifting through the archives, he handpicked the brand's most iconic cover shots and paired them with popular brands Polo, Fubu, and Timberland.

VIBE's first cover star Snoop Dogg was paired with the repurposed Timberland logo, a fitting combination given the rapper's enthusiasm for the green. Lichtenberg then plucked the 15th anniversary issue cover that Jay Z adorned, giving it the Fubu spin.

The final pairing pit Polo Ralph Lauren with the March 2010 relaunch issue starring Drake. The Toronto rep even says it with his chest with the catchphrase YOLO etched into his shirt, representing an affinity to the lifestyle cliche he created with just four letters.

Lichtenberg, who sums up his label as "tongue in cheek meets high fashion," has recently taken over the niche "ironic shirt" market in the fashion industry. Over the past few years, fashion's elite has adopted his high-end brand-logo knock-offs. Singers Rihanna, Ciara, model Cara Delevingne and most recently, actress Lindsay Lohan, have all subscribed to the cult Lichtenberg, aka "BLTee" as his tags read, has created. He is also a celebrated couture and ready-to-wear designer.

But with genius comes controversy. His recent collection received backlash from the internet after he teamed with Kitson LA, plastering the names of drug paraphernalia on their latest designs. Anti-drug groups have put the collaboration on blast by calling the collection "disgusting" and "shameful."

Lichtenberg released a statement, saying that his shirts are nothing more than a "parody of pop culture" and hope the outrage will "open the door to a much needed dialogue" on the prescription drug epidemic.

With signature pieces like the "Xanax" jersey, the "YOLO South Central" or the ubiquitous "Ballin'" & "Homies" tee, the forward-thinking trendsetter has placed his finger on the pulse of society, proving he hasn't missed a beat.—Robbie Sokolowsky

Shop Brian Lichtenberg here and see the remixed VIBE covers here.

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Lauren London Debuts The Marathon Clothing x Puma Collection

Lauren London and PUMA are teaming up once again for a collaboration honoring the late Nipsey Hussle. London debuted the Marathon Clothing x Puma’s “Hussle and Motivate” collection on social media on Thursday (Jan. 23).

London is featured in the promo shoot with Hussle's close friends, YG, J. Stone, and Pacman Da Gunman.

 

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Another image from the clothing collaboration shows London wearing a white sweatshirt with a message that reads, “We (The Marathon Clothing) honor the unwavering faith of those that never quit. Our products represent their testimony. Life is a marathon.”

 

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London previously linked with Puma for a viral video campaign paying tribute to her longtime love. Hustle, whose Victory Lap recently went platinum, will be celebrated at the 62nd annual Grammy Awards with a tribute featuring YG, Roddy Ricch, Kirk Franklin, DJ Khaled and John Legend.

The Grammys air on CBS on Sunday, Jan. 26 at 8p.m. ET.

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Lil Wayne Reveals Release Date For ‘Funeral’ Album

Four years after initially announcing the project, Lil Wayne took to Twitter on Thursday (Jan. 23) to reveal that his  Funeral album will drop next week.

“Welcome to the funeral, closed casket as usual,” Tunechi says in the album teaser. The Grammy winner also tweeted a link for fans to pre-order physical and digital copies of the album as a CD, vinyl or “digital cassette.” The online shop features album merchandise, including long-sleeved shirts, hoodies and beanies.

The New Orleans native’s last studio LP, Tha Carter V, dropped in 2018 after years of delays. In 2019, the 37-year-old rapper embarked on a joint summer tour with Blink-182, but the jaunt was marred by difficulty as Wayne walked off stage during one show and threatened to quit. He changed his mind hours later.

Even with all the tour trouble, Blink-182 had nothing but good things to say about Weezy. “The one day where he walked off stage, he had said, ‘I just felt like they didn’t like me,’ so he walked off stage,” drummer Travis Barker explained in an interview last year.

Funeral drops on Jan. 31. Check out the album teaser below.

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Black People Make Up More Than 50% Of U.S. Homeless Population, Study Finds

Black people in the U.S. are disproportionately impacted by homelessness, per an Annual Homeless Assessment Report released by the Housing and Urban Department. According to the report, blacks account for more than 50% of the country’s homeless population, despite making up only 13% of the U.S. population.

“African Americans have remained considerably overrepresented among the homeless population compared to the U.S. population,” the report states. “African Americans accounted for 40% of all people experiencing homelessness in 2019 and 52% of people experiencing homelessness as members of families with children.

“In contrast, 48% of all people experiencing homelessness were white, compared with 77% of the U.S. population.” People identifying as Hispanic or Latino are bout “22% of the homeless population but only 18% of the populations overall.”

As of 2019, the U.S. homeless population swelled to 568,000, an increase of about 10,000 from the previous year. In 2019, Roughly 35,000 of those experiencing unaccompanied homelessness were under the age of 25, a 4% decrease from 2018. The number of those experiencing chronic homelessness increased by 9% between 2018 and 2019.

A staggering 52% of black families experience homelessness, compared to 35% for white families.

The goal of the report is to “demonstrate continued progress toward ending homelessness, but also a need to re-calibrate policy to make future efforts more effective and aligned with the unique needs of different communities.”

HUD, which is has been releasing the annual housing stats since 2007, shows a 3% bump in the number of those experiencing homelessness on any given night, a 16% increase in California, and a “decrease” in other states. California accounts for 53% (108,432 people) off all unsheltered homeless people in the country. Despite being only twice as large as Florida, California’s homeless population is nine times that of the Sunshine State, which came in at a distant second place with 6% (12,476 people). New York, Hawaii, California, Oregon and Washington have the highest rates of homelessness per 10,000 people.

Numerous variables come into play when determining the origin of the black homeless epidemic due to a longstanding system of oppression in housing, and beyond. Black families are twice as  likely to experience poverty in the U.S., compared to white families; and in spite of laws against open discrimination, black renters face overt and covert financial and racial prejudice, in addition to gentrification and the racial pay gap.

On Jan. 7, HUD unveiled a housing proposal that attempts to undue Obama-era housing mandates put in place to prevent racial discrimination. The newly-released proposal may end up further promoting racial discrimination.

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