Vic Mensa’s new band 93PUNX recently dropped a provocative video for “Camp America” in which Caucasian children are depicted in family detention centers wearing orange jumpsuits, locked up and dancing in cages, slurping from toilet bowls and huddling in foil blankets. It shines light on the twisted reality of ICE Director Matthew Albence’s quote comparing the immigration detention centers filled with children of color to summer camp.
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Mensa’s punk attitude has always led him to be outspoken about what is right. “Punk is an attitude. It’s a rejection of convention and limitation,” he explains. His sense of punk has always influenced his fashion, music and philantropic choices. We can definitely see it in his latest combat boot- inspired collection with American heritage brand Wolverine, which combines the South Side of Chicago native’s punk sensibilities with his neighborhood’s street-style swagger. The well-worn, rugged footwear comes in three heights (low, medium and high) and three colorways (ink, burnout and anthracite). A portion of the proceeds from his collaboration with the footwear brand will be directed to his SaveMoneySaveLife foundation, which provides essential resources to youths in Chicago’s most underserved neighborhoods. “We operate mainly in the city of Chicago. One of our primary programs is called StreetMedics,” says the rapper. “We train and equip first responders, everyone from high schools kids to school principals, to treat shot wounds and trauma of that sort.”
Check out our video with Mensa discussing his Wolverine collab below, followed by stills of some of the styles from the collection.
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Joane Amay is the Beauty and Style Director at Ebony magazine. A hoarder of shoes, baubles and sparkly things, she dreams one day of owning her own private island.