Forever 21 recently came under fire for a new line of t-shirts added to their online store.  Some feel that the new t shirts are appropriating on black culture. The tweets included white models posing in t-shirts of hip-hop artists Ice Cube and N.W.A and the text: “New arrivals… straight outta Compton.”

Although their tweets were eventually deleted, nothing is ever erased from the internet.


Twitter user, Patti Lahelle questioned Forever 21’s t-shirts video a YouTube blog:

Other Twitter users pointed out that Compton, California doesn’t have a Forever 21 store!

Personally I wouldn’t wear a NWA t-shirt, from any store, but I do own a Tupac t-shirt dress from H&M. So maybe it’s just a t-shirt when  black people wear it, but when white people wear them it’s appropriation?


Clutchettes, what do you think about the NWA t-shirts? Cultural appropriation, or no?

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  • AJ

    I think the issue is N.W.A and what it stands for. If Ice Cube or Easy-E were on the shirt without the phrase N.W.A is wouldn’t be an issue.
    They sell music T-shirts

  • Do they pay Ice cube and dr dre for those t-shirts?

  • Mr. Man

    No, Cube don’t get the check a white man named Jerry Heller co-founder of Ruthless Records get the ‘Forever 21’ checks, in fact he probably inked the deal to begin with. THIS is why Ice Cube left in the first place. Jerry was a record industry crook, and apprently still getting paid off NWA.

  • Sheri A.

    Well, one can buy a Bob Marley t-shirt, a Jimi Hendrix t-shirt, a Bob Dylan t-shirt, a Beetles’ t-shirt (which I use as a night gown) and I can go on and on (RUN DMC, Michael Jackson, Janis Joplin etc, etc) Why not NWA? Are they sacred?

    • Sonia

      who is they?

    • Lady


  • @nottynatural actually they do not get the profit. I owned a business and when I tried to get the rights of black artist I had to go through the record company and pay a fee for the contract. The record label owns our rights not us. So sad but true.