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Were Kanye West's Yeezy Sales Affected By His Politics?

Did his political involvement have something to do with the lower sales?

According to reports, for the first time ever, Kanye West's latest Yeezy shoe failed to sell out in 24 hours.

Per Refinery29, Matt Powell, Senior Industry Advisor of Sports NPD Group, revealed on Twitter that the latest Yeezy Boost 300 Mauve failed to sell out in a day, which raised concerns that his recent bout of polarizing politics are to blame.

"24 hours later and YEEZY BOOST 700 MAUVE still not sold out," Powell wrote. "This is going to be a problem for Adidas."

"Throughout the past two years, conversation about Kanye West across social channels has been more negative than the average A-list male celebrity benchmark, with his positive to negative sentiment ratio being 24 percent lower than [his peers’],” reports Footwear News.

Despite the perceived reason why sales are a bit lower, a source close to West assures that his politics and fashion endeavors are not exclusive.

Earlier this week, West announced he'd be stepping away from politics to focus on his art. His upcoming album Yandhi is slated to drop this month.

“My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in," he wrote on Twitter Tuesday (Oct. 30). "I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative !!!”

READ MORE: Kanye West Distances Himself From Politics After Being Used In “Blexit” Campaign

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Buju Banton Appears In Campaign For New Collaborator, Supreme

Buju Banton appears to be partnering with the lifestyle brand, Supreme, for an upcoming collaboration, evident by visual content uploaded to the brand's Instagram page.

The reggae artist– who was released from prison in 2018 after being incarcerated for nearly eight years– is featured in media on the brand’s Instagram page. One photo features Banton in one of the brand’s well-recognized “Supreme” tees, while another video features the musician singing, smoking and enjoying the outdoors.

Banton found early success in the ‘90s after the release of his albums Stamina Daddy and Mr. mention, and in 2011, he received a Grammy win for his LP Before The Dawn.

There’s no word on when the collaboration will be officially unveiled, or the scope of what it will ultimately entail. Keep it locked to VIBE for updates, and check out the photo and video below.

 

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Rihanna Stuns At Fenty Pop-Up Event In New York City

That Rihanna reign just won’t let up.

Less than a month after launching her Fenty collection in Paris, Rihanna is expanding her pop-up shop to New York City. The Grammy winner attended the NYC opening at The Webster SOHO Tuesday (June 18) sporting a hot pink mini-dress and freshly done auburn-colored braids, complemented by turquoise accessories.

Rihanna's size-inclusive luxury clothing line comes just in time for summer with brightly colored bodycon dresses, graphic T-shirts, snakeskin heels, and glitzy accessories, according to Billboard.

The first installment of the Fenty collection, showcasing structured denim looks, corset dresses, strappy spiral sandals, pleated pants and fanny packs, became available for sale via Fenty.com on May 19.

Rihanna outlined her unconventional design vision to the  T, The New Times Style Magazine last month.“I want to be as disruptive as possible,” she explained of breaking free from the conventional fashion schedule. “The brand is not traditional. There is no runway show. It's a new way of doing things because I believe that this is where fashion is going to go eventually."

The NYC Fenty pop-up shop, which is described as a “two-story immersive experience,” will be open to the public from Jun 19 until Jun 30.

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Scotch Porter Taps VIBE Editor-In-Chief Datwon Thomas For 'Dare To Care' Campaign

Grooming brand Scotch Porter has selected VIBE editor-in-chief Datwon Thomas as one of several men to participate in its "Dare To Care" wellness initiative launching on Father's Day weekend.

"Dare To Care," according to a press release from Scotch Porter, aims to "evolve the perception of manhood." The project will highlight men who use philanthropy, media, education, fashion, music, and advocacy to "aggressively push boundaries to reveal the multiple internal and external layers of themselves to inspire others."

Along with Thomas, other notable participants include Akbar Cook, principal at Westside High School; Carl Banks, two-time Super Bowl Champion and founder of Gil Sports; Emil Wilbekin, founder of Native Son (and former VIBE editor-in-chief); hip-hop artist Grafh; Travis Simons, pastor and life coach; and Iquan Worthington, founder of The Artoholiks.

“For so long you’re taught ‘you can’t cry, you know you play ball... that’s a hard foul’, it’s all these different things,” Thomas said. “It’s about understanding when you need to step up into a position and when you to need to be empathetic to others and yourself.”

The "Dare To Care" campaign will open Father's Day weekend with a multi-city digital billboard review, and across multiple platforms.

Scotch Porter customers can also visit ScotchPorter.com/DareToCare to submit their own videos about how they're driving change around the mindset of being a man. More information about the company and the "Dare to Care" mission are available on Instagram and Twitter (@ScotchPorter), Facebook (ScotchPorter), and join the conversation with the #ScotchPorter hashtag.

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