One of the groups receiving $ 200,000 from the NFL and Meek Mill is blown up for a photo of their founder cutting a young man's locks. 1
9659003] The picture was tweeted nearly three years ago by Crushers Club – a Chicago youth advocacy group – and shows Sally Hazelgrove how she cuts the curls of a teenager named Kobe. Someone from the internet dug up the tweet after TMZ published the story. The NFL program "Inspire Change" and "Meek" together donated money to the Crushers Club.
The social media backlash focuses on the images – a white woman cuts off Kobes locks – and Sally's caption: "It's a symbol of change and her desire for a better life." People who are critical believe that it stinks of cultural insensitivity.
However, Kobe himself says critics do everything wrong. When the Internet outcry started, he quickly posted a video explaining that he wanted to cut his hair. "This is something I wanted to do because I was sick of it, tired of gangbang, tired of confusion, now I am a changed young man."
The NFL and Meek Mill clearly agree with Kobe when it comes to the work of Crushers Club for Chicago's vulnerable youth. Meek is in the Windy City – for his NFL kickoff concert with Meghan Trainor and Rapsody – and also to donate the $ 200,000 to Crushers himself and Rapsody for Inspire Change.
We turned to Hazelgrove, and she reiterated Kobe's statement – cutting her hair only at his request – worked tirelessly for kids in Chicago – came out as reverse racism. Criticism aside … the event and the donation are progressing according to plan.