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Kenyan boy caught in online storm over “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle Monkey” label

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

A Kenyan woman who goes by the name of Terry Mango has claimed that she is the  mother of a black boy at the centre of a racism storm involving Swedish-headquartered  multinational clothing retail company, H&M, which has branches all over the world, including the United States.

In a photo which has gone viral, the boy, who is modelling for American fashion powerhouse, wears a green hoodie with the message “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle.”

The image has been condemned across the board, with some calling it “blatant insult to the black race.”

What is even more disturbing is that two white boys pictured with the black boy do not have any derogatory label on their clothing.

On Wednesday, H&M sent out an email to all its customers apologising over the racial slur.

However, the mother shocked internet users when, in a series of social media posts, said categorically that there was nothing wrong with the message on “My son’s hoodie.”

The woman says she is a Kenyan who works in Sweden.

“I am the mum and this is one of the hundreds of outfits my son has modelled. Stop crying wolf all the time … Get over it. If I bought the jumper and put it on him and posted it on my pages would that make me racist? I get people’s opinions but they are not mine,” wrote Ms Mango.

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APOLOGY

In its apology, H&M said it had taken down the image. It further stated the hoodie has also been removed from its product offering.

“We would like to put on record our position in relation to the controversial image of our hoodie. Our position is simple, we have got this wrong and we are deeply sorry,” read part of the statement.

The social media went wild over the use of the black boy in the ad. Many posted messages accusing the clothing brand of racism for using a black child to convey the message written on the hoodie.

Many artistes took to Twitter to protest saying they had cancelled any kind of partnership with H&M.

Celebrated NBA player Lebron James wrote: “[H&M] u got us all wrong! And we ain’t going for it! Straight up! Enough about y’all and more of what I see when I look at this photo.”

EMBARRASSED

“Woke up this morning shocked and embarrassed by this photo. I’m deeply offended and will not be working with @hm anymore…” tweeted one musician.

There were also reports that American rapper, P Diddy, has offered the boy a modelling contract worth Sh103 million ($1 million) to work with his clothing line, Sean John.

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Elsewhere, Manchester United player Romelu Lukaku also posted an altered version of the advertisement with “black is beautiful” inscribed on the hoodie.

Lukaku wrote: “You’re a prince, soon to be a king. Don’t let anybody tell you different #blackexcellence.”

Below is the full apology from H&M:

H&M STORE.

H&M ISSUES UNEQUIVOCAL APOLOGY FOR POORLY JUDGED PRODUCT AND IMAGE

To all customers, staff, media, stakeholders, partners, suppliers, friends and critics. We would like to put on record our position in relation to the image and promotion of a children’s sweater, and the ensuing response and criticism. Our position is simple and unequivocal – we have got this wrong and we are deeply sorry.

9 JAN, 2018

H &M is fully committed to playing its part in addressing society’s issues and problems, whether it’s diversity, working conditions or environmental protection – and many others. Our standards are high and we feel that we have made real progress over the years in playing our part in promoting diversity and inclusion. But we clearly haven’t come far enough.

We agree with all the criticism that this has generated – we have got this wrong and we agree that, even if unintentional, passive or casual racism needs to be eradicated wherever it exists. We appreciate the support of those who have seen that our product and promotion were not intended to cause offence but, as a global brand, we have a responsibility to be aware of and attuned to all racial and cultural sensitivities – and we have not lived up to this responsibility this time.

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This incident is accidental in nature, but this doesn’t mean we don’t take it extremely seriously or understand the upset and discomfort it has caused.

We have taken down the image and we have removed the garment in question from sale. It will be recycled.

We will now be doing everything we possibly can to prevent this from happening again in future.

Racism and bias in any shape or form, conscious or unconscious, deliberate or accidental, are simply unacceptable and need to be eradicated from society. In this instance we have not been sensitive enough to this agenda.

Please accept our humble apologies.

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‘Cigarettes are my greatest addiction’ Shouts Kamene Goro

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Media personality Kamene Goro has revealed that one of her biggest bedroom fetish’ is being bitten. According to the damsel, bites are a turn on.

Speaking during a session with Xtian Dela Kamene reveals

I like to be bitte

Kamene Goro
The curvy presenter spoke about various issues occurring in Kenya

Asked on what her current addiction is Kamene reveals

My current addiction is cigarettes.

Kamene went on to share that her worst bedroom experience was being given under 7 strokes.

Kibe could not understand how that could happen to such a damsel.

Ati seven strokes? kwani are you a chicken or what?

There are no men who are like that. Such guys should be tied to a pole and whipped.

By Mpasho

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American bride ‘undergoes FGM’ in Pokot traditional wedding – VIDEO

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An American missionary living in Baringo County braved female genital mutilation in order to fulfill the marriage customs of the Pokot in her traditional wedding.

The American couple has lived among the Pokots for the last 10 years doing missionary work.

Trizah and Tony said they fell in love with the Pokot culture and decided to wed in adherence to the traditions.

Among the Pokots, the bride must undergo female genital mutilation as a rite of passage to adulthood, a condition the American couple readily agreed to.

The marriage ceremony took place in Paka Hills.

Trizah was given a Pokot name Cheigar.

“I am proud to be here and be a part of this. It’s a blessing for me to be able to do this and be accepted by these people” Tony told K24 TV in an interview.

Female genital mutilation was banned in Kenya eight years ago after the enactment of Female Genital Mutilation Act 2011.

Communities still practice the vice albeit in secrecy.

By nation.co.ke

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VIDEO: “Drunk” Kenyan in US faces up to 99 years in Prison ‘after killing man in wrong way vehicular homicide’

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A Kenya man faces up to 99 years in prison after he was charged with felony murder and intoxication assault on a peace officer.

Two Harris County Sheriff’s deputies were injured and the man they were taking to jail was killed when they were hit head-on by a wrong-way driver in west Harris County.

Investigators believe that wrong-way driver, who has been identified as 39-year-old Patrick Njogu, was drunk.

Authorities say Deputy C. Drake and Deputy P. Zelaya were going eastbound on the Westpark Tollway at Synott around 11:30 p.m. Sunday when Njogu slammed his Lexus into their patrol vehicle.

The deputies had left the scene of a major crash before that and were taking the 42-year-old prisoner in the backseat of the patrol unit to jail for allegedly being impaired.

Investigators spoke to the deputies who said they had little time to react. They believe Njogu was headed the wrong way on the road for more than a mile.

Sean Teare with the Harris County District Attorney’s Office says he has seen video of the collision.

“You can see the moment the two deputies go over the hill on the on-ramp as this defendant is basically exiting Westpark the wrong way,” Teare said.

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Other drivers apparently called 911 in the moments before the crash, trying to warn authorities of the coming danger. The Harris County Toll Road Authority then located Njogu’s vehicle on camera but could not prevent the head-on collision.

Deputy Drake was driving, but he was unable to take evasive action.

“He had nowhere to go. It is an on-ramp, a one lane on-ramp. He was only able to see him for a split second before the head-on,” Teare explained.

Officials say everyone was wearing a seat belt, and they were all taken to Memorial Hermann Southwest Hospital. The prisoner died.

Deputy Drake had a broken foot, numerous bruises and cuts, and Deputy Zelaya suffered a concussion. Njogu was taken to the hospital with a broken leg.

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Authorities say Njogu has five previous DWI arrests and three previous convictions in Illinois and Missouri.

Teare described Njogu as being highly intoxicated.

“He told the deputies or asked the deputies whether or not he was in the state of Missouri immediately after the crash,” Teare said.

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Njogu had a Texas driver’s license.

According to the district attorney, as long as he had been adjudicated for the other convictions, there would be nothing that would prevent him from getting a Texas license.

-Agencies

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