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#AllStarWeekend: New Orleans Hip Hop Take Over Bud Light Crew HQ

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This weekend Bud Light invaded All-Star Weekend, taking over 211 Royal Street with the Bud Light Crew HQ. With the spirit of friendship, Bud Light had some of the sports’ industries leading NBA talent and musical guests stop by, including their friends and crew. Throughout the weekend, the guests danced to

Throughout the weekend, the guests danced to some hit record spins by DJ’s Zaytoven, Sonny Digital and even Basketball Wives LA star, DJ Duffey. The stage was later set ablaze by electrifying performances by New Orleans’s finest musical acts – Jay Electronica, Mannie Fresh, Birdman, and 2Chainz. Grammy-award winning superstar Toni Braxton even stopped by to see Birdman take the stage, along with Hannibal Buress who came by.

The space was full of activities for friendly competition, including a pop-a-shot gallery and an NBA Jams arcade tournament. Hit rappers A$AP Ferg, Stalley, Master P and fellow friends/Wu-Tang Clan members Raekwon and Ghostface Killah event battled it out in wings contest called “Hot Ones.” Also, former Houston Rockets player, Kenny Smith also stopped by with his daughter/recording artist Kayla Brianna.

Photo Credit: Patrick Melon & Jacqueline Verdugo

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#AllStarWeekend: Reebok Classic x Sneaker Politics Shaq Attaq Event

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 18:  Retired NBA Players Shaquille O'Neal (L) and Dee Brown attends as Reebok Classic and Shaquille O'Neal launch the new Shaq Attaq x Sneaker Politics shoe on February 18, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images)

In addition to Classics in the Courtyard, Reebok finished up its three collaborations with Sneaker Politics in style, as Shaquille O’Neal came back to the state of his alma mater, stopping by Sneaker Politics to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the iconic Shaq Attaq with the launch of the Reebok Classic x Sneaker Politics Shaq Attaq.

In typical Shaq fashion, the living legend spent time with fans, taking photos and shaking hands, with some lucky guests receiving signed copies of his larger-than-life size 22 Reebok sneakers.

Celebrating the state of Louisiana and Shaq’s alma mater, the signature purple and yellow tones bring back memories of Shaq’s days as a dominant big man down south. Celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, this new Shaq Attaq style has a clean white leather base with purple overlays that contrast with the yellow tongue and heel.

Basketball legend Dee Brown also stopped by the store, rocking the Reebok Men’s Pump Omni Lite Retro that he repped with Reebok.

The Reebok Classic x Sneaker Politics Shaq Attaq is available for $160 at Sneaker Politics.

Photo Credit: Josh Brasted/Getty Images Provided by Reebok

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#AllStarWeekend: Reebok ‘Classics In The Courtyard’ Caps Weekend in Big Easy with Cam’ron, Teyana Taylor & Curren$y

NEW ORLEANS, LA - FEBRUARY 18: Teyana Taylor (L) and Cam'ron attend as Reebok Classic and Footaction host a star-studded concert with Cam'ron, Teyana Taylor and Curren$y on February 18, 2017 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Photo by Josh Brasted/Getty Images)

Capping off the big weekend in the Big Easy in style, Reebok and Footaction hosted Classics in the Courtyard, a pop-up sneaker customization store and concert on Saturday afternoon right in the heart of Bourbon Street featuring Reebok brand ambassadors Cam’ron, Teyana Taylor, and Curren$y. The three artists took turns performing some of their biggest hits in front of a packed house of fans while wearing iconic Reebok styles like the Club C, Freestyle, and Instapump Fury.

Cam and Teyana have a long history with Reebok, with both artists previously collaborating with Reebok on their own shoes. Today, they were supporting the most iconic Reebok styles, with Cam’ron wearing the Club C, and Teyana rocking bright red Freestyle Hi – a style that Teyana was recently named the face of for 2017 . Matching his seersucker outfit, Curren$y wore a recent local collaboration with Sneaker Politics, the Reebok Instapump Fury OG Seersucker Thursday.

Bringing some Harlem flavor to NOLA, Cam’ron performed some of his biggest hits, including classics “Oh Boy” and “Hey Ma,” while Teyana played and danced on the balcony to some of her biggest hits, including “Maybe”.

Reebok Classic x Footaction “Classics in the Courtyard” was accompanied by a Footaction pop-up store right on Bourbon Street, where fans could purchase a variety of Reebok styles and also customize their own artwork on the silhouettes.

The Reebok Classic Club C is available at Reebok.com and Footaction for $69.99, and the Reebok Freestyle Hi is available at Reebok.com for $69.99.

Photo Credit: Josh Brasted/Getty Images provided by Reebok

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In Fashion: Trendsetter and NBA All-Star Russell Westbrook Kicked Off All Star Weekend at NBA Media Day and Brand Jordan Event

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NBA All-Star and 2015 NBA All-Star MVP Russell Westbrook, attended the All-Star Weekend media day and posed for a series of candid NBA portraits.

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He was donned a Sandro jacket, En Noir Flannel, Fear of God t-shirt, pants by Kith and Saint Laurent shoes.

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Westbrook later attended the star studded Brand Jordan celebration sporting an embroidered Givenchy jacket and the Westbrook Zero sneakers, his 2015 collaboration with Brand Jordan.

Russell’s fashion game was definitely on-point for the entire weekend!

Photos: Jennifer Pottheiser/NBAE via Getty Images & Instagram

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Unconsciously Fly: Was Beyonce’s Customed Painted Trench by Scooter LaForge Offensive To African-Americans and She Had No Clue?

 

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Lack of knowledge will always get you played… Deprive us of reading and writing and let us do the dirty work. We finally learn how to read and they deny us the right to be great: no voting, no protesting, no voice. We progress to be on an equal playing field and we unconsciously embarrass ourselves?

Considering this is thee Beyoncé, what she wore has spiked racism all over the net. Yoncé kicked it court side at the NBA All-Star Game with Hov, wearing a custom Scooter LaForge Customed Painted Trench ($320), which was hand-painted with what seems to be a “coon image.” A mockery: white people dressed and painted as blacks as “entertainment.” Some are describing the black-face character as Sambo.

The derisive term Sambo refers to African American males in a manner that is commonly viewed as racist and unacceptable. The long career of the Sambo stereotype is an important window into the history of black-white U.S. race relations. The term itself is a form of denigration and represents a stereotype that has been used variously to justify the inhumane treatment of slaves, provide a rationale for Jim Crow segregation, and, most often, to pander to the basest racist impulses in the United States to entertain white popular audiences. The Sambo stereotype has had several iterations in U.S. popular culture, ranging from children’s literature to minstrel shows of the slavery and post–Civil War eras, radio, motion pictures, television, and dining establishments. In addition, the Sambo stereotype also has a controversial career in the work of academics who studied slavery, particularly Stanley Elkins’s 1959 publication Slavery. This characterization of black men as passive buffoons was creatively challenged in Spike Lee’s 2000 movie Bamboozled.

 

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Interesting enough, a fan of @theshaderoom shed light that in the 1920’s there was an actual restaurant called Coon Chicken Inn that sold Southern Fried Coon Chicken Sandwiches. Of course, Coon Chicken Inn hired blacks, but refused to serve them. Further research shows, their logo portrays a blue eyed black guy.

So, now the question is: Does Bey know about coon imagery? Does she know what was depicted and its origin? We don’t think for a second that had Beyoncé known the symbolism, she would have promoted such a thing.

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9 times out of 10, we get humiliated because of what we don’t know, oppose to what we do. Detail is key and we have to pay attention.

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Scooter Laforge seems extremely grateful but, what was the intent here?

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Thoughts?

It’s Black History Month.

Stay Fly!

[Fly Girl Shayna]

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NBA All-Star Weekend Performances: Cali Swag District x Far East Movement feat. Miguel

The All-Star NBA Weekend was filled with great performances! Check it out!