The Weeknd, 'Deeply Offended' by 'Coolest Monkey' Ad, Severs Ties with H&M

Other celebrities are also criticizing the retailer, including LeBron James, who said, "We as African Americans will always have to break barriers."

The Weeknd / INSTAGRAM

The fallout from H&M's racist advertisement on the global company's U.K. website featuring a Black boy wearing a green hoodie with the phrase "Coolest Monkey in the Jungle" continues with Grammy Award-winning artist The Weeknd tweeting to his more than 8 million followers that he will no longer work with the brand.

The Weeknd addressed the Swedish retailer, which is led by CEO Karl-Johan Persson and has an all-white board of directors, in the following tweet Monday afternoon:

The Weeknd, born Abel Tesfaye to Ethiopian immigrants, had previously partnered with H&M on two collections — its 2017 Spring Icons campaign and XO, a fall 2017 collection that he designed. He has an estimated net worth of $30 million.

H&M, the world's second-largest fashion retailer, removed the image from its U.K. website on Monday and issued an apology after threats of boycotts began on social media.

On Tuesday morning, the company issued a statement on Twitter, again apologizing.

"We understand that many people are upset about the image of the children's hoodie," the statement said. "We, who work at H&M, can only agree."

The company said it "regrets the actual print" and in addition to removing the photo of the hoodie from its websites the sweatshirt will be removed from the product line, and the "mistake" is being investigated.

NBA superstar LeBron James took to Instagram Monday to criticize H&M.

"H&M you got us all wrong!" James said on his account that has more than 34 million followers. "And we ain't going for it! Straight up! Enough about ya'll and more of what I see when I look at this photo.

I see a Young King!! The ruler of the world, an untouchable Force that can never be denied! We as African Americans will always have to break barriers, prove people wrong and work even harder to prove we belong but guess what, that's what we love because the benefits at the end of the road are so beautiful!"

Artist Chris Classic created the image James included with his statement.

Classic said in an Instagram post Monday that he didn't want to see "this young king's face anymore with the shirt he was hired to wear by H&M."

He continued, "I'm almost certain the Persson Family and their $31 billion won't care in Sweden but... this lil' guy will see his pics and the mockery one day because the Internet doesn't erase. So I just hope he gets to see this one or any like it that celebrate him."

Questlove, a member of the hip hop band "The Roots," inferred to his 1 million Instagram followers on Monday that the advertisement stemmed from a lack of diversity in H&M's boardroom.

"I'm sure the apologies are a coming," he said. "And the ads will be pulled. I'm certain there will be media fixers and what not and maybe a grand gesture like a donation to some charity (donations under these circumstances are the corporate version #SomeOfMyBestFriendsAre move if there ever was one) all this tells me about @HM is that the seats in the boardroom lack something ... wanna take a guess?"

Read more news @

Blonde Affirmative Action Strikes Back. Dopey Move by Nielsen Gives Administration a PR Black Eye in the Middle of the Border Crisis.

Incredibly, Homeland Security Trump Minister Kirstjen Nielsen goes to a Mexican restaurant in the middle of the border crisis.

While the Department of Homeland Security is separating children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, they have no problem enjoying Mexican food.

Read More Show Less

Judge Dismisses Charleston Shooting Lawsuits, Criticizes FBI

Survivors of the shooting sued the government over the failure of an FBI-run background check system to prevent the purchase of the murder weapon.


(Reuters) — A federal judge has dismissed 16 lawsuits filed by survivors of a 2015 mass shooting at a South Carolina church who sued the government over the failure of an FBI-run background check system to prevent the purchase of the murder weapon.

Read More Show Less

Richmond's J.E.B. Stuart Elementary School, named after a Confederate general, decided on using the name of the nation's first Black president as their break from hateful history's grip.

Read More Show Less

Video: ‘I Run This Country, You Guys Are Dead,’ Violent Trump Supporter Tells Black Man During Racist Tirade

"Is this the vision of 'Making America Great Again?'" Keoke Silvano, who captured the video, wrote on Instagram.


A white man with a reported history of violence was arrested for harassment and obstruction after going on a racist rant filled with slurs and saying, "White men built these streets!" After video of the incident went viral and the man was charged, he claimed to be the victim of harassment.

Read More Show Less

Did Drake Make a Nod to ‘This Is America’ in his New Video?

A possibly overlooked shout out to Donald Glover's critically acclaimed video that speaks to the state of America.


Last week, music superstar Drake surprised fans worldwide when he dropped a video for his song "I'm Upset." It was most widely circulated because it reunited the cast of "Degrassi: The Next Generation," the hit Canadian television series that gave Drake — then known as Aubrey Graham — his start.

But does video pay tribute to more than that? One scene closely mirrors the work of Donald Glover in his latest critically acclaimed hit, "This Is America."

On the series Drake's character was shot by a fellow student, who was white, during a school shooting. In the new video the character, Rick, is seen turning down a corner in a panic. He quickly realizes he made a wrong turn and keeps running, petrified, as he is being chased by a group of Black men down the hall. Like most of the video, the scene takes place in the halls of Degrassi, but none of the men appear to be actors from the show.

The scene visually resembles one of the closing scenes in Glover's video, when he is being chased by a group of angry people.

It hasn't been confirmed that this was the intention. But given director Karena Evans' résumé, it is in the realm of possibility that she'd pay homage to Glover.

The 22-year-old Black woman directed the video for “Garden," a song featuring Glover. And in 2016 she directed a documentary about Black Lives Matter.

This isn't the first time she's worked with Drake; the young director also directed the videos for “God's Plan" and “Nice For What."

And the young director is already breaking barriers. Earlier this year she became the first woman to receive The Lipsett Prize, one of Canada's highest honors for music direction.

Additionally, “Nice For What" received glowing reviews as a testament to women — particularly Black women. Essence reported:

From ballerina Misty Copeland to the rapper Syd, each new frame of the video brought a delightful surprise of another black woman icon. The video also included “Insecure" creator Issa Rae, actress Rashida Jones, model Jourdan Dunn, actress Tracee Ellis Ross, comedian Tiffany Haddish, actress (and Harvard-bound) Yara Shahidi, actress Zoe Saldana, model-twins Elizabeth and Victoria Lejonhjärta, and “Black Panther" actress Letitia Wright among others.

Whether the shot is a quiet shout out to Glover and the state of America or simply a revenge scene against the guy who shot Drake during his acting days, one thing is indisputable: Evans' production exudes Black girl magic.

Sarah Barrable-Tishauer, who reprised her role as Liberty in Drake's video, honored Evans on her Instagram page after the video dropped:

Video: California White Doctor Accuses Black Patient of Looking for Drugs

Racist banned from working at all hospitals in the Bay Area network.


Samuel Bardwell, 20, was rushed to the emergency room at El Camino Hospital in Los Gatos, Calif., for anxiety attack symptoms after collapsing at basketball practice. After three hours, Dr. Beth Renee Keegstra arrived with a security guard, accused Bardwell of looking for narcotics, mocked and berated him with expletives, yanked his arm and dismissed him with little help.

Read More Show Less

Video: Because of Immigration 'There Aren't Enough White Kids to Go Around,' Says Republican Lawmaker

House Minority Leader Rebecca Rios (D-Phoenix) said Rep. David Stringer's rhetoric echoes "white nationalists like David Duke."


David Stringer, a Republican lawmaker in Arizona running for re-election, made racist comments about immigration, warning his Republican constituents that children of color will overtake schools, and the country, leaving little room for white children.

Read More Show Less