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GQ Finds That 1,200 People Die A Year Over Sneakers

"A sneaker head is someone who is so obssesed with sneakers that they're willing to forgo their rent to say they own a shoe they will never wear."

In an investigative, yet not surprising story from GQ, the men's magazine found that about 1,200 people a year die over sneakers, namely the highly coveted Air Jordans.

In the three minute video, influencers and sneaker heads including funnyman Mike Epps and MMG artist Wale gave their two cents on the sneaker culture, and the devastating consequences of owning a pair of Js.

"It didn't surprise me that kids would become violent and really ferocious about these shoes, because the way they market them, they market them as if they're the dream," Mike Epps said.

And while Epps and many others may point the finger at the companies, one influencer noted that no one levels that same responsibility to GM in regards to car jackings.

As images of malls being bombarded by customers flooded the screen, a Houston mother Dazie Williams spoke about her son, Joshua Woods, who was followed, shot and killed after purchasing a pair of the Bread 11s, which prompted her to start her organization Life Over Fashion.

"You have individuals who are charged with capital murder because of this incident. Their life is gone, their family is going through something. I will forever feel this pain, I will forever go through this," Williams said. "Every single a year somebody's life is taken over a pair of shoes."

Williams said she was able to speak with someone at Nike and even received condolences from Michael Jordan.

Watch the video below.

 

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UNICEF broke down the importance of education amid the cyclone in a recent press release. The humanitarian organization reports that over 3,400 classrooms have been damaged in the surrounding regions where the natural disaster took place with an additional 2, 713 damaged ones in the Sofala area.

Educators in the community are also suffering from the absence of schooling, but UNICEF is determined to help out the cause in any way they can.

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Lathan, Hussle's friend, was receiving clothes at The Marathon Store where the fatal shooting took place on March 31. Because of Hussle's Rollin 60s Crips affiliation, authorities arrested Lathan and placed him in the Men’s Central Jail for violating his parole.

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On this exact day 30 years ago, a woman was raped in Central Park. Five black + brown boys were framed for her rape. The story you know is the lie that police, prosecutors and Donald Trump told you. WHEN THEY SEE US is the story of the boys from their eyes and their hearts. May 31 on @Netflix.

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