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Reebok Teases August Collection for 'Alter The Icons' Sneaker

The brand highlights artists Lil Yachty, Lil Baby, Jay IDK, MadeinTYO, Saweetie, and Bodega Bamz.

Reebok’s "Alter the Icons" Collection launched in July and will continue into August with bold mash-ups of Reebok’s Classic Leather and Workout Plus. The collection’s new colors and silhouettes celebrate the most iconic Reebok sneakers, flipping the hardware of retro designs while nodding to the history of the brand in a modern way.

Young designers, Craig Howard and Xavier Jones created the shoes with the sentiment of fusing an alternative spin on Reebok’s classic trends. “I want people to wear it and be proud of wearing it but also, as we are being disruptive with this product, I want people to do the same thing," says Howard. "Wear whatever, even if it’s crazy or doesn’t match just express yourself and have fun with it.”

On top of pushing a new look for the classic shoe, Reebok is highlighting musicians who are disrupting hip-hop, labeling the artists as game changers in their own right. The altered icons embody how accomplishment isn’t always a straight and narrow path – there are choices you make and unplanned routes that can get you to the pursuit of your passions. Reebok says of the partnership: “We chose to work with artists who are regionally relevant, have style credibility, and are on the rise in their industries, and are doing so by taking paths alternative to the traditional routes. Their stories inspired us and our designers to imagine new, altered versions of our iconic product.”

The young, future icons, Jay IDK, MadeinTYO, Saweetie, Lil Baby, and Bodega Bamz, are representing the collection by complementing the brand message of defying convention and altering their journey to success. Spanish Harlem-bred recording artist, Bodega Bamz narrates the video below saying, “A big thing about us is that we’re proud to be who we are and where we come from—we’re proud of every era we have in our life.” The message continues this month with the collection showcasing vibrant colors and diversified logos from the '80s and '90s.

READ MORE: Saweetie Reflects On Her Impending ‘Icon’ Status At Reebok 'Alter The Icons' Event

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20 Year Old Takes His Life After Being Bullied For Dating A Trans Woman

A 20-year-old black man took his life after being the target of relentless bullying because of his relationship with a trans woman.

On Wednesday (August 21) #RipReese trended on Twitter after a video of Maurice Willoughby, better known as Reese, was seen being harassed by others in his neighborhood.

"Y'all can say whatever you want about Faith. I really don't care if she's not passable. I don't care if she wasn't born a woman. She's a woman to me and I love her flaws. That's what makes her Faith. If you heard her story, it's motivating. I'm happy. You should be happy for me," Reese wrote on Facebook prior to his death.

It's unclear how long Reese and Faith were together, but the young man had her name tattooed on his forehead.

Reportedly the Philadelphia resident battled depression and other mental health issues, which were only exasperated his illness. Reese took to Facebook Live about his relationship and merited 15,000 views, as well as many transphobic comments.

Following the news of Reese's suicide, many took to social media to denounce the harassment he endured by many in the neighborhood.

My condolences to Marcus "Reese" Willoughby of Philadelphia,PA. It is reported he committed suicide for being bullied for openly loving a trans woman. Also reported he was battling mentally health issues social media bullying/harassment took it overboard. pic.twitter.com/nBHkXTeX59

— TS Candii (@TS_Candii) August 20, 2019

Real niggas don’t even be worrying about what the next man doing..I was always taught to mind the business that pays me, Bullying & shaming a man into suicide because he had a preference is trash and so are y’all #ripreese

— Ayesha Curry’s Side Nigga (@Jus4Lafs) August 21, 2019

https://twitter.com/little_starglow/status/1164237319253057537

Transphobia kills. Literally. Trans women are always at the tipping point of violence, it’s where we exist, the men that love us are either in the cross hairs of that violence or internalize it and enact it themselves. Kill your transphobia before it kills us. #ripreese

— Jade Phoenix Martinez (@_Jade_Phoenix_) August 21, 2019

DONT SAY YOU BELIEVE IN EQUALITY IF YOU CANNOT ACCEPT EVERYONE #ripreese

— stream teeth you cowards (@shellbytrbl) August 21, 2019

Funeral arrangements for Reese have not been announced at this time.

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Spike Lee On Trump: "Why Are We Still Asking If This Guy Is A White Supremacist?"

A week after The New York Times published their widely praised 1619 editorial, Spike Lee sat with CNN's Anderson Cooper to discuss race and slavery in America.

The outspoken Oscar winner has never been shy about his disapproval of Donald Trump and wonders why three years into his presidency, people are still questioning the president's actions.

"Respectfully, why are we still asking if this guy is a white supremacist? I mean, it's not even a question anymore," the BlacKkKlansman director said.

The 62-year-old spoke of the Muslim ban, Trump's derogatory comments about Mexicans and his inability to denounce the Neo-Nazis, Alt-Right and white supremacists who participated in the 2017 "Unite The Right" Charlottesville rally.

"He can't make a decision between what's right and wrong? What's love and hate? He's going to be on the wrong side of history and that's going to be the first thing that's attached to him, that quote," Lee said referring to Trump's "very fine people" on both sides statement.

Cooper reflected on the march and admitted he was surprised at how brazen many were with their beliefs.

"Maybe I was stupid and nieve, but I was shocked to see all these, you know, whatever age they were people, totally fine showing their faces chanting 'Jews will not replace us' 'Blood and soil' Carrying Tiki torches," he said. "They're not even hiding."

"That's because the guy in the White House gave them the dog whistle to 'come on out!' " Lee said.

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Four Students Shot At Block Party Near Clark Atlanta University Campus

On the night before classes were set to start, four students were shot at a block party near Clark Atlanta University on Tuesday night (Aug. 20). WSB-TV reports the shooting took place near a library used by Clark Atlanta University, Spelman College, and Morehouse College students.

The party was celebrating the end of orientation for incoming students.

According to Atlanta police, four female students, ages 17-19, were injured. One student survived a shot in her chest, another in her leg, and bullets grazed two other girls. All were taken to Grady Memorial Hospital and listed in stable condition.

The news first broke out after a video went viral on Twitter around 10:30 p.m. on Tuesday (Aug. 20).

Smh this is OUTRAGEOUS! Someone has shot up the crowd of a block party between Spelman, Morehouse, and Clark Atlanta University with an automatic gun. At least two have been shot and more injured.

This is America in 2019... pic.twitter.com/727vuFzPAX

— Culture Central™️ (@CultureCentral_) August 21, 2019

"It appears there were two separate groups that were targeting each other and the students in the crossfire," said Atlanta Police Capt. William Rucker. The shooter has yet be apprehended as of Wednesday morning (Aug. 21). A prayer event on Clark Atlanta's promenade is scheduled for Wednesday evening.

 

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Due to an abundance of responses we are moving the prayer to this evening please stay tuned for the exact time and location. @causeorl @cau1988 #PrayerStillWorks #CAUSE **PLEASE TURN ON YOUR POST NOTIFICATIONS**

A post shared by Clark Atlanta University (@cau1988) on Aug 21, 2019 at 7:15am PDT

The AUC community is pulling together in the wake of a shooting incident involving two Spelman students and two Clark Atlanta University students last night. Please read a community update from Dr. Darryl Holloman, vice president of student affairs: https://t.co/hNz1TLbdbP pic.twitter.com/4Xt2abtkww

— Spelman College (@SpelmanCollege) August 21, 2019

Almost ten years ago on September 3, 2009, Jasmine Lynn, a sophomore at Spelman University, was fatally shot while walking with friends on Clark Atlanta's campus. Devonni Benton fired his gun at least six times into a crowd. He was found guilty of felony murder among other charges and sentenced to life plus 25 years in prison.

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