Chicago Kids Group Ripped for Insensitive Pic, Teen Defends Org as NFL Donates

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One of the groups getting $200k from Meek Mill is getting blasted for a 2016 photo of its founder cutting a young man's locks — but the kid himself says it's much ado about nothing.

The pic was tweeted by Crushers Club — a Chicago youth empowerment group — almost 3 years ago, and shows Sally Hazelgrove cutting the locks of a teen named Kobe. Someone on the Internet dug up the tweet after TMZ broke the story … Meek would be donating money to Crushers Club.

The social media backlash is focused on the imagery — a white woman cutting Kobe's locks — and Sally's caption, "It's symbolic of change and their desire for a better life." People who are critical think it reeks of cultural insensitivity.

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Kobe himself, though, says the critics have it all wrong. Once the Internet outrage began, he quickly posted a video explaining that HE wanted to cut his hair. "That's something I wanted to do because I was tired of it. Tired of gang banging, tired of messing up. Now, I'm a changed young man."

Meek Mill clearly agree with Kobe when it comes to the work Crushers Club is doing for Chicago's at-risk youth. Meek is in the Windy City — for his NFL Kickoff concert with Read More – Source