Waka Flocka was one of the first artists to publicly boycott Gucci following the release of their controversial blackface sweater. In this exclusive Q&A with EBONY, the rapper discusses why it’s important for all of us to support Black businesses and set an example for young people who may not understand what their purchasing power truly means.
“Nobody can blame kids for wearing it. I snap because I see a guy like Mayweather wearing it. We know, bro! We grown men! Now, to see a younger kid like a Young Thug have it on, that’s different; he younger! It takes somebody like me to call him … nine times out of 10 when I call them and tell them . . . they be like, ‘Whoa, big homie; for real?’”
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Born and raised in Compton, California, Jessica Bennett began her career as an intern at The Oakland Post, and later, The Source Magazine. She went on to write for respected hip hop publications such as DJ Booth and Hip Hop DX before becoming the Urban Editor of pop culture website, Wetpaint.com. She joined Ebony as the Entertainment Editor August 2017. Bennett has interviewed such names as Vanessa Williams, Spike Lee, Tyra Banks, Forest Whitaker, Magic & Cookie Johnson and several others.