Prada is withdrawing products after some items displayed in a Manhattan storefront were seen as depicting blackface imagery.
The products, part of Prada's Pradamalia line, were pulled Friday after images surfaced of some merchandise depicting monkey-like figures with black faces and large red lips.
New York-based civil rights attorney Chinyere Ezie spotted the products at the Prada store in Manhattan's Soho shopping district by happenstance on Thursday after recently returning from a conference in Washington.
While in the nation's capital, she visited the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture. She wrote on Facebook that she was struck by how the items looked similar to images she saw in an exhibit on blackface at the museum and that seeing the products left her "shaking with anger."
As of Friday afternoon, Ezie's Facebook post had been shared more than 9,000 times.
Civil rights attorney Chinyere Ezie spotted these figures in the window of the Prada store in Manhattan's Soho shopping district. Credit: Courtesy Chinyere Ezie.
Prada said in a statement Friday that the Pradamalia products depict "imaginary creatures not intended to have any reference to the real world and certainly not blackface."
"Prada Group never had the intention of offending anyone and we abhor all forms of racism and racist imagery. In this interest we will withdraw the characters in question from display and circulation," the statement read.
Ezie said she felt Prada's response constituted the "same paltry excuses that we've heard throughout history about racist imagery," telling CNN affiliate WABC that Prada is "a multinational, multibillion dollar company. They can do their own research about what these painful images mean. There was no mistaking it, there was no ambiguity."
The Pradamalia line of products was debuted by Prada last month and are described as "a new family of mysterious tiny creatures that are one part biological, one part technological, all parts Prada," according to their website. The figure was one of seven characters developed by the fashion house.
Pradamalia imagery can be found on branded keychains, cell phone cases, clothing, jewelry, and various leather goods that range in price from $260 to $860.
Among the products sold by Prada accused of depicting blackface imagery: a keychain selling for $550.
Another Italian luxury house also faced controversy recently for offensive videos and private Instagram messages, allegedly sent by Dolce and Gabbana co-founder Stefano Gabbana.
The videos featured an Asian model struggling to eat Italian food with chopsticks, stereotypical Chinese music, and mispronunciation of the brand's name, with some interpreting this as mocking the way Chinese people say "Dolce & Gabbana." Screen captures of the Instagram messages appear to show a series of direct messages in which Gabbana complains about criticisms of the videos. The fallout led to the cancellation of a major fashion show in China.
SOURCE: CNN STYLE
Post Malone is making Crocs cool again, selling out his new collection of foam clogs in just 10 minutes.
Not long after the 23-year-old singer's newly designed shoes went on sale for $59.99 on Tuesday, they had all been swept up, according to CNN.
"Crocs are sold out but you can get some Post Malone Jibbitz here," Malone wrote in a post, adding a smiley face on the end. That is, you could have gotten Jibbitz at the singer's attached link had the clog decorations not been sold out moments later as well.
The shoes (which boasted the neon yellow cover color of the beerbongs & bentleysalbum) featured a barbed-wire pattern and six Jibbitz, including a saw blade, snake and PM-2 logo. Their debut marked Malone’s second sold-out collaboration with Crocs.
Ariana Grande has released a new song called “imagine.” Check it out below.
Grande has been teasing another new single since she released the music video for “thank u, next,” which featured references to early 2000s teen films such as Mean Girls, Legally Blonde, Bring It On, and more.
Grande released her last LP Sweetener in August. Since then the singer has shared music videos for Sweetener tracks “God Is a Woman” and “Breathin.” She also announced a forthcoming YouTube docu-series.
Check out Ariana Grande’s Sweetener fanny pack on “The Best Music Merch Gifts of 2018.”
Zayn Malik, 25, has slowly but surely been giving fans a taste of his new album, Icarus Falls, and now they can hear the whole project.
Zayn’s latest release is a lengthy 27-song record that the singer gets deeply personal on. Previously singles such as “Entertainer,” “Sour Diesel” and the Nicki Minaj-assisted “No Candle No Light,” all appear on the album, as does the romantic ballad, “There You Are.” With a whopping 27 tracks, there was plenty of room for new music though – and the guitar-heavy “Good Guy,” and dreamy “Flight Of The Stars,” are instant standouts! Even Timbaland lent his R&B vocals to the joint track “Too Much.”
Icarus Falls marks Zayn’s first full-length since 2016’s Mind of Mine. Fans have been waiting on the edge of their seat to see what the former One Direction member delivers, and they were not disappointed! “Super proud of you, this album is such a breath of fresh air in a really redundant music climate. Thank you for being bold and experimental,” one fan tweeted immediately after the album’s release.
In the weeks leading up to his big release, fans got a taste of the album thanks to a slew of new singles from the singer.
Listen to all of the tracks from Icarus Falls above! With 27 tracks on the record in total, it’s going to take us a while to pick out a favorite!
Lil Pump's flight to L.A. was cut short because TSA allegedly found drugs in his luggage.
Pump was flying from Miami Thursday afternoon, and our sources say he and his group had all boarded the flight, but before it pushed back from the gate the flight attendant told them there was a problem. Soon after that Pump and his team were kicked off the flight, and police met them in the terminal to question Pump about what 2 airline sources said were drugs found in a checked bag with his name on it.
A source connected with Pump was later reported saying no drugs were found. The source says TSA flagged a bag that smelled like weed and was "mistagged." Agents questioned Pump, who insisted he was not carrying drugs. The source adds no drugs were found in the bag, which another person in Pump's crew said was his. Pump was arrested along with his manager because they allegedly became disorderly during the argument with TSA agents.
On December 13, the group followed their November album “Don’t Mess Up My Tempo” with the repackaged album “Love Shot,” featuring the title track of the same name.
The band members – Suho, Baekhyun, Chanyeol, D.O., Kai, Sehun, Xiumin, Lay, and Chen – show off their dance moves throughout the 3:29 second video.
Janet Jackson is set to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Ms. Jackson is part of the class of 2019, and joins the Cure, Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks, Radiohead, Roxy Music and the Zombies.
To be eligible, an individual artist or band must have released its first commercial recording at least 25 years before the year of nomination.
As in years past, fans had the opportunity to vote for their favorites out of 15 nominees.They were able to visit Rockhall.com to cast votes for which artist they believed to be most deserving of induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
The top five artists, as selected by the public, comprised a "fans' ballot" that was tallied, along with the other ballots to choose the 2019 inductees.
Voting was capped at one ballot per day.The 2019 induction ceremony, presented by Klipsch Audio, will be held March 29 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and broadcast on HBO and SiriusXM.
Ticket information will be announced in January.
Taylor Swift surprised fans on Thursday morning (Dec. 13) by announcing that she's releasing the concert film from her Reputation Tour on Netflix at 12:01 a.m. PST on Dec. 31. "I finally get to show you something weâve been working on for a while... the trailer for the Reputation Stadium Tour!," Swift wrote alongside the minute-long teaser trailer.
The clip opens with dramatic black and white footage of Swift greeting fans and then shifts into a quick cut of scenes from the stadium dates, cued to "...Ready For It?" "You made this tour so insanely fun for all of us on stage, and Iâm really excited that we will have this memento of the memories we all made together this year," she continued. " I also got to share the stage with such wildly talented people @camila_cabello, @charli_xcx, my band and dancers who shine so brightly in this film. Youâre the best. Thank you for everything."
Judgment in the "Blurred Lines" copyright lawsuit was finally settled once and for all on Monday when a California federal judge entered a nearly $5 million judgment against Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams and in favor of Marvin Gaye's family. This ends the saga of the much-watched lawsuit, which began in 2013.
According to Judge John A. Kronstadt's amended judgment, Thicke, Williams and Williams' More Water From Nazareth Publishing Inc. are jointly required to pay Gaye's family $2,848,846.50 in damages. As well, Thicke will pay an additional $1,768,191.88 and Williams and his publishing company will pay another $357,630.96 to the Gaye family in separate awards of profits attributable to the deemed copyright infringement against Gaye's 1977 hit "Got to Give It Up." The total award is $4,983,766.85.
The Gayes are also entitled to receive prejudgment interest on the actual damages award and respective profits against each of them totaling $9,097.51. Additional interest will accrue until the money is paid in full. Each party is responsible to bear their own attorney's fees.
The Gaye family is entitled to a running royalty of half the "Blurred Lines" songwriter and publishing revenue.
Swizz Beatz releases "Echo," visual for the song.
The new video takes place in a few different spaces. At the beginning of the new video, we can see Swizzy holding up a wine glass as he stares into strobes of bluish light in a dark room. In the next portion, we can see Esco walking through a white room where sickles of diamond hang from the ceiling. In other shots, we can see Nas and Swizzy kicking it in that same space or another one as they mime some of the lyrics to Nas' verse.
With Nas' vivid imagery and an entrancing beat from Swizzy, "Echo" is a track that was always going to have the streets talking. Before the streets voiced their approval, though, the acclaimed producer spoke about the track for the fall 2018 issue of XXL Magazine. Addressing the song, Swizz explained that the video would evoke memories of Nas at his very best.
Peep Swizz Beatz's new video for "Echo" below.