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Raury Gave Dolce & Gabbana A Piece Of His Woke Mind By Pulling Off A Runway Protest

"They’re using the sh*t out of us, we’re not scapegoats," the artist said of his daring act of righteousness. 

Raury, holder of good vibes and black excellence, is on quite a journey since reaching his 21st earthstrong. A part of his career path recently lead him to Men's Fashion Week in Milan where he decided to make a bold political statement by staging a protest in a fashion show he was invited to participate in.

Speaking with GQ, the singer-songwriter explained exactly what prompted him to pull a fast one over fashion giants Dolce & Gabbana. The artist, who also holds a strong following on social media, says he was invited to take part in the designers' Spring-Summer ’18 millennial-themed runway show with a bunch of social media cool kids. While the show took place on Saturday (June 17), Raury says he did a little research on the brand the day before and discovered their strong allegiance to First Lady Melania Trump.

D&G heads Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana faced public scrutiny for dressing Trump and even released a $245 t-shirt mocking the outcry which read, "Boycott Dolce & Gabbana." They didn't stop there as D&G released an ad with teens protesting the brand a la Kendall Jenner/Pepsi vibes.

Fueled with the new information 24 hours before he was set to walk in the show, the artist explained how he was personally offended by D&G. "It was a troll. Me, as a young man from Stone Mountain, Georgia, the birthplace of the Klu Klux Klan, I really felt this mockery of boycotting," he said. "Who knows, if boycotts didn’t happen, if Rosa Parks and M.L.K. didn’t step up…who knows if I would even exist. Boycotting matters. Boycotting is real. Dolce’s entire campaign says it’s not real. I know that if I walk out there and support or endorse anything that sits next to Trump—or support someone who even makes dinner for Trump or whatever—then that means that I support Trump also. I have to let people know that I don’t support Trump and I don’t support those who are trying to undermine the voice of the people."

In the final moments of the show, Raury took of his D&G garb, baring his skin with the notes, "PROTEST", "DG GIVE ME FREEDOM," and "I AM NOT YOUR SCAPEGOAT" on his chest. "I felt like Dolce & Gabbana was literally trying to use the youth to wash their hands of any sort of heat from anyone who wants to protest against them," he said. "They’re using the sh*t out of us. We’re not scapegoats. You are not about to wash your hands with us."

At the end the show, the "Devil's Whisper" artist hopped of stage, left the clothes behind and tried to leave the building. Raury is hopeful that his stance is seen by those who know their power in their influence. "Show your true colors. And if you show your true colors, sh*t like this might happen to you," he said. "That’s just the truth. If your message is cool, then it’s cool. But if it ain’t, millennials are going to come and let you know. And we won’t let up."

Since the release of his 2015 projects All We Need and Indigo Child, the Atlanta native has gained co-signs from Andre 3000, Miguel and Kanye West. He was also a part of the XXL Freshman class that year with GoldLink, Def Loaf and Vince Staples.

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On June 15, 2009, J. Cole released his second mixtape, The Warm Up, which helped to catalyze his rise in the hip-hop genre.

“10 years ago The Warm Up dropped,” he began. “Thanks 2 all that have listened 2 the foundation of my whole journey. My catalogue on streaming services don’t even look right until this & FNL are up. Workin on it. Decade later and I’m still dreaming and tryna get better. God Bless.”

Spanning 22 tracks, The Warm Up boasts melodies like “Lights Please,” “Losing My Balance,” “The Badness” with Dreamville cohort Omen, and “Grown Simba.” With "Lights Please," Cole credited that melody with landing him a Roc Nation contract. "The best part about it is, when he’s feeling something, when there’s a line that he likes, he gives you that, 'Wooooooo!’ and he’ll let you know that he’s feeling it," he said in a 2009 interview with Complex. "It’s a three-hour meeting and we only played five songs, so the rest of the time, we’re talking and building, you know, talking about Obama and sh*t. Then three weeks later I got the confirmation text that said he wanted to do the deal. And we just went from there."

In May 2019, Cole celebrated another milestone when his third studio album, 2014 Forest Hills Drive, went triple platinum. The feat also publicized the fact that every album Cole has released (five albums thus far) turned platinum.

10 years ago The Warm Up dropped. Thanks 2 all that have listened 2 the foundation of my whole journey.

My catalogue on streaming services don’t even look right until this & FNL are up. workin on it.

Decade later and I’m still dreamin and tryna get better. God Bless

— J. Cole (@JColeNC) June 15, 2019

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Following the announcement, Diddy, who was in a relationship with Cassie for a reported 10 years, posted his well wishes on Instagram. “Congratulations @Cassie and Alex,” Diddy wrote. “I wish you all nothing but love and happiness. God bless. LOVE.”

The pair separated earlier this year after an on-and-off relationship. Once they went their separate ways, Cassie and fitness professional Fine began dating.

 

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Five men were convicted in the brutal murder of Lesandro "Junior" Guzman-Feliz. A Bronx jury handed down the verdict on Friday (June 14), nearly a year to the day since the 15-year-old victim was chased down by a group of gang members, dragged out of a local bodega and viciously stabbed to death.

Martinez Estrella, Antonio Rodriguez Hernandez Santiago, Elvin Garcia, Jose Muniz and Manuel Rivera, were found guilty on all four charges, according to CBS News. The group faced first-degree murder, second-degree murder, second-degree conspiracy and second-degree gang assault.

Jurors reviewed video of Guzman-Feliz’s murder and reportedly began crying while looking at autopsy photos of the teen, described by his father as a “really good kid” who was doing well in school, and aspired to be an NYPD detective.

The five convicted murderers belonged to the Trinitarios gang, prosecutors said. Guzman-Feliz was killed after he was mistaken for a member of a rival gang. Surveillance footage from the night of the heinous murder showed Guzman-Feliz attempting to run to safety inside a Bronx bodega before being caught by the men.

Guzman-Feliz was stabbed multiple times with knives and machetes, and collapsed on his way to a nearby hospital. His death caused outrage around the globe, and launched the viral #JusticeForJunior campaign. A Go Fund Me account opened to raise money for the high schooler’s family brought in more than $340,000 in donations.

“I want to say thank you, Jesus,” the slain teen’s mother, Leandra Feliz, said after the verdict.

“I’m not going to have my son back. But those killers, those murderers, they won’t be outside killing another kid.”

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