Gucci Is Under Fire For Selling Sweaters That Resemble Blackface

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Here we go again...

UPDATE 2/7/19 8:48am: Gucci has issued an official statement regarding the sweater via its Twitter page, saying that it "deeply apologizes for the offense caused." The sweater has been removed from circulation. "We consider diversity to be a fundamental value to be fully upheld, respected, and at the forefront of every decision we make," the statement continues. Read it in full, below.

Black History Month is definitely off to an ignorant start. Gucci has released a sweater that, many have pointed out, resembles blackface.

Twitter user @FuckRashida posted screenshots of the sweater, which has a balaclava attached that wearers can place over their necks and the lower half of their faces. A hole cut around the mouth includes oversized red lips, which are a common characterization of blackface caricatures.

Rashida also brought up the fact that there is a matching mask which covers the eyes which, she writes, allows you to "have a chic classic black face moment without the mess of paint."

This isn't the first time that Gucci has released a piece of clothing that resembles blackface imagery. A similar design is seen in looks 36 and 41 of its 2018 Fall Ready-to-Wear collection.

The sweater is not available on Gucci's website, which means it must've recently been taken it down. Either way, the brand should've learned from the string of recent racist controversies committed by other fashion labels (or, you know, read up on America's own racist history) before putting it on the market in the first place.

We have reached out to Gucci for comment, and will update this story when we hear back.

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]



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As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.