Converse Shoes – Curry 4 Footlocker Thu, 23 Jun 2022 03:11:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Converse Shoes – Curry 4 Footlocker 32 32 Maite Rodriguez d’Uvalde’s mum talks symbolic green Converse, the pain of losing her daughter Thu, 23 Jun 2022 01:30:00 +0000

UVALDE, Texas (CBSDFW.COM) – In the days and weeks following the fatal shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas, mother Ana Rodriguez struggled to find answers through her daughter’s shoes.

His daughter, Maite Rodriguez, 10, was one of 21 people killed in the May 24 massacre. She was identified only by her pair of size five green Converse with a heart drawn on the left toe.

Those same shoes are now nationally recognized after actor Matthew McConaughey used a replica pair to symbolize the damage during a White House briefing on June 7.

“It was the same green Converse on his feet that turned out to be the only clear evidence that could identify him after the shooting,” he said.

Rodriguez said when she saw McConaughey had the shoes with him at the White House, she thought and spoke to Maite.

“I was thinking about her and saying, ‘Look how far you’ve come.’ I thought those shoes – right now – mean so much and are so important and they’re so central to what’s happened here,” she said.

Maite found the sneakers while the two were out shopping, something her mother said turned into a new activity through which they would bond.

“We were at a local shoe store here and she wanted Converse,” Rodriguez recalled. “She saw these lime green Converse on the bottom shelf and they were on sale, so she said, ‘Look mom, look at those shoes. I found Converse,” and I said, “Well, let’s see if they fit you,” and they were his size. They were his exact size.”

Two days later, Rodriguez said he saw his daughter sporting a freshly drawn heart on her toe.

“I said, ‘Maite, why did you draw a heart on your shoes? I just got them for you,’ and she was like, ‘Just because I really like them,'” he said. she says.

The heart, Rodriguez believes, speaks to Maite’s gentle nature.

“She was just a sweet girl. My sweet girl, that’s what I called her — my sweet girl,” Rodriguez said. “She was smart, beautiful and above all, she was my best friend, and I’m not exaggerating on that. She was my best friend. We went everywhere together.”

Together they planned to visit Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, Maite’s dream school where she hoped to become a marine biologist.

“It started in kindergarten. She couldn’t even say marine biologist yet…I thought over time she’d change her mind; she’ll want to be a nurse or something when she grows up. Hey well, she never changed her mind,” Rodriguez said. “I wanted to keep cheering her on, you know, maybe if she saw college or university, the ocean, it would keep making her even harder.”

The university has since unveiled the Maite Yuleana Rodriguez Scholarship, which will be awarded to a Uvalde student pursuing a degree in marine biology.

“I remember saying to him, ‘Maite, you are going to help so many students and you still achieve so much even after life.’ I couldn’t be more proud of her.”

And despite her grief, Rodriguez says she refuses to let her daughter’s death be in vain.

“It’s unbearable. Unimaginable. Excruciatingly painful. A feeling of emptiness, just emptiness, anger, disbelief. You miss your child every day,” she said. “It’s things like that and my boys that I have to get up. I have to get up and I have to keep pushing.”

Going forward, Rodriguez is asking people to support his community and get out and vote.

“Support. People in Texas, people across the United States – support. Vote, fight for these kids because today was mine, tomorrow it could be yours,” she said. declared.

When asked why she chose to speak with CBS 11, Rodriguez said she “finally” wants to push for tougher gun laws and find answers.

“I want answers as to why this police department did what it did or why it didn’t do what it was supposed to do. I know [by] lay still in the comfort of my home just mourn my daughter, I’m not doing my part and not doing her justice by doing this,” she said.

But still, every day is a battle for the mum as she navigates life without her daughter and her best friend by her side.

“I still ask him every day, I ask him to come back,” Rodriguez said. “I ask him for the unimaginable but sometimes I just can’t take the pain and ask him to come back to me. And I’m just like, ‘Please, I’ll do anything. Just come back. ‘”

Converse and Barriers Launch First Collaboration Capsule Honoring Black Heroes Tue, 21 Jun 2022 12:00:32 +0000

Barriers founder Steven Barter has big goals.

The streetwear fashion designer has created a winning formula for his brand, celebrating and educating the masses through products featuring black history creators like Mansa Musa and Haile Selassie to Angela Davis and Assata Shakur and even Fred Hampton and Jackie Robinson. For Juneteenth, the brand has teamed up with Converse to release a capsule collection that continues to celebrate and share stories and details from the African Diaspora.

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“They were excited about the ideas that we talked about,” Barter said of the collaboration. “Converse is a heritage company that was in everyone’s childhood and I want the same for my brand. I push black history and culture and speak the truth from my point of view.

The capsule is made up of two styles of sneakers and clothing. A sneaker is a brown high top model with a cotton logo and cowries, which were used as currency in African countries and for spiritual practices; the second pair, the classic Chuck Taylor, is dark denim with colorful laces and a Pan-African flag, and the Big Dipper on the sole, a nod to Barter’s belief in stars. Both pairs share the words “wisdom”, “courage” and “vision” on the ankle and heel of the sneakers.

The shoeboxes have a constellation design and a graphic of a young Barter, his sister and brother looking at star designs which also appear on graphic tees and hoodies with the brand’s signature phrase “Live Free Barriers”. Obstacles and exchange are supporting the launch with a short film featuring model and singer Selah Marley, daughter of Lauryn Hill and Rohan Marley and granddaughter of Bob Marley, with voiceover by Damon Dash.

“Before the internet, people looked to the stars for answers, [they paid] pay attention to the signs,” Barter said of the use of constellations in the collection. “Slaves used the North Star to sail to freedom, but with Converse, we ask what is your North Star? As a creative, we have to find something we want to achieve. What is the goal that guides you? ?”

Barriers Founder Steven Barter - Credit: Courtesy Photo

Barriers Founder Steven Barter – Credit: Courtesy Photo

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Barter followed her own North Star on her fashion journey. He started promoting his Barriers brand in 2013, but things started to fall apart in 2015 when he produced a T-shirt featuring characters he considers heroes, like Huey Newton after reading the founder’s book of the Black Panther “Revolutionary Suicide” party. Barter said the T-shirt didn’t sell well back in the day when people weren’t as keen on depicting these characters, but it opened his eyes to the heroes’ journeys past.

When Black Lives Matter protests began around the country in response to the murder of Mike Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, in 2014, Barter walked away from the idea because he didn’t want his designs to profit from the movement.

“The movement goes way beyond the money,” Barter explained. “It seemed like it was a trend for people to start taking advantage of these stories, even companies that have never pushed the culture in the past. However, after talking to a mentor, he told me gave great advice and told me I had my own vision and my own path. I realized that I couldn’t let that stop me from getting my message across. I know what my brand stands for and that goes far beyond following a trend. Going forward when you work with these companies, they see it as a black thing and I see it as doing it the right way. I’m grateful [Converse] took the time to do this because a lot of brands don’t try to tell a story like this.

Barter opened up about his journey to where he is today, connecting with rapper and entrepreneur Jay-Z who said he wrote his first studio album, “Reasonable Doubt,” his whole life. Barter feels the same way about Barriers, as he too drew on his life experiences to create this art.

Her inspirations come from either her own experiences, such as traveling to countries in Africa or facing racism as a child on Long Island, and the stories of her family and peers, including her aunt, Desiree Barter, who is the principal of the El Hajj Elementary School Malik El Shabazz, who Barter says inspires him to educate the next generation about the people he represents in his clothes.

Prior to Barriers, Barter worked for Nike for six years. He then made the jump to Los Angeles with just $800 to focus on the brand, and lived with photographer and filmmaker Aiden Cullen for a time, and with A$AP Nast and A$AP Bari when deployed by the latter of his Nike x Vlone Air. Force 1 sneakers.

As the brand grew, Barriers held installations in New York, London, Atlanta and Los Angeles, and again in New York in May 2022 where it offered its Women’s Month capsule featuring Maya Angelou and Rosa Parks, a collaboration with the late reggae musician Peter Tosh and a jazz collection with Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. Also in 2022, Barter hosted a pop-up with the Who Decides War brand run by designer Ev Bravado who he grew up with. “I never thought we would have a collaboration at stores like The Webster,” he said.

The presence of these characters helped establish links with the estates of Jackie Robinson and Public Enemy, among others, who will be working with Barriers on collaborations in the near future. “I want to be part of family trips,” he said. “It’s super meaningful because I speak to the lifelines of these heroes.”

Converse x Barriers - Credit: courtesy photo

Converse x Barriers – Credit: courtesy photo

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But all of this is Barter’s first chapter. He has big goals for his brand and where he wants to take it, beyond fashion and products.

“Ten years from now, I don’t want to be known just as a fashion brand,” he said. Although he’s been tight-lipped about how he wants to take his self-funded, direct-to-consumer business, Barter said whether it’s through fashion, media, music, books or art exhibitions, the future will include doing even more to celebrate Black Heroes and educate more children about the lives and legacies of these characters – he dreams big and follows his North Star.

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Saleswoman has been awarded £12,000 after boss called her trainers ‘ugly orange things’ – she’s wearing something more ‘trendy’ like Converse Sun, 19 Jun 2022 06:28:51 +0000

A woman working in a high street store has won over £12,000 after her boss called her trainers ‘horrible orange things’ and ordered her to stop wearing them. New Look saleswoman Samantha Jackson said she felt bullied after her manager Kirsty Sherburn told her she should wear ‘more fashionable’ brands like Converse or Vans .

Ms Jackson said she needed to wear more comfortable trainers as she has a knee condition which makes it painful to stand all day without proper support. She eventually quit; however, an employment tribunal ruled that Ms Sherburn had no reason to criticize Samantha’s coaches and had therefore unfairly dismissed her, resulting in her being awarded £12,000 in compensation.

Ms Jackson worked as a sales assistant at the city’s Crystal Peaks store from September 2003 to April 2019, the Sheffield panel heard. She suffered a fall in college in 2018 which caused her knee to hyperflex, requiring her to wear sneakers with extra support.

In November 2018, Ms Jackson filed a grievance regarding an incident in the shop the previous August between Ms Jackson and her manager, Ms Sherburn. Of the incident, Ms Jackson said: ‘At the end of one particular day, Kirsty became extremely critical of the time I had spent serving a customer at a till at the close of business .

“There were actually issues with the workings of the till although Kirsty didn’t take the time to find out – she just berated me about it. At the same time she told me about the checkout, Kirsty also scolded me about what she described as inappropriate shoes. New Look does not have a set or rigid policy when it comes to shoes and, as Kirsty and New Look knew, I have a problem with my knee – hyperflexion.

“It’s a painful condition and I need shoes that are comfortable enough to be able to stand all day in the shop. In this case, the shoes were relatively new Nike sneakers. All shop workers also wear their own shoes (the shoes are not issued by New Look) and all are sneakers or other fashion shoes and none are or were better than the ones I wore at the time.

“During the incident, Kirsty told me in strident terms that my shoes weren’t suitable for the job and that she didn’t expect to see me again in those ‘horrible orange things’. She was pissed off and very heated during this exchange.

Ms Jackson also said she was ‘made to feel incompetent and treated like a naughty child’ and the incident should have been dealt with away from the workshop and customers. She continued: “As I turned to walk away, Kirsty said, ‘And by the way, you don’t have to wear those sneakers to work anymore.

“They were, in his opinion, unsightly and unsuitable for work, running trainers should not be worn and if I felt the need to wear similar shoes they would have to be Converse or Vans etc. . which are more fashionable. None of these shoe brands offer the same level of cushioning as the Nike sneakers I was recommended to wear.”

Ms Sherburn told the grievance inquiry that she saw Ms Jackson spend around 45 minutes on an item for a client, which ended up in a long queue. She said she spoke to Ms. Jackson, who told her “the checkout screen kept flashing”, to which she then responded by asking Ms. Jackson if she possibly needed refresher training.

Ms Sherburn said: “It wasn’t a heated conversation and I didn’t think it was meaningful. I noticed Sam’s trainers were really ugly. I said something like, ‘you can’t not wear these Sam’s, they’re too dirty’ I don’t mind the staff wearing designer shoes, which bothers some managers, but his were just too dirty.

“She would have been ok with wearing them on delivery, but not in the shop where the staff have to look presentable. They were scruffy and looked like they needed a wash.”

Although her grievance was dismissed, the court found that Ms Sherburn had no reason to criticize Ms Jackson’s shoes that day. Employment judge Jonathan Brain said: “We find that [Ms Jackson’s] the training shoes worn that day were not dirty.

“There was no evidence that there was a history of [Ms Jackson] coming to work with dirty shoes or inappropriate clothing. If she had, we’re confident it would have been picked up. We accept that Ms. Sherburn unreasonably blamed [Ms Jackson] the day of the crate and sneakers incident about the condition of her shoes and finds that she did so in a fit of anger or anger.

“It was because she was unhappy with [Ms Jackson] the time it took to process the transaction and the disruption it caused to his busy day.”

Ms Jackson told the court she went on sick leave due to work-related stress over the till incident, shortly before she filed her complaint. She didn’t come back to work. After her grievance was dismissed in 2019, she was invited to a mediation meeting which the court found was not conducted in a reasonable manner as there was “no genuine attempt at mediation”.

In April 2019, Ms Jackson resigned and in her resignation letter she complained that she had not received the full sick pay due to her – the court also found that the calculations made by New Look were wrong. The miscalculated sick pay as well as the ‘cash and trainers incident’ and the handling of his grievance were all reasons for his resignation.

The court ruled that these failures by New Look constituted a breach of trust, resulting in wrongful dismissal. Judge Brain concluded: “We find that Kirsty Sherburn’s conduct on the day of the crate and trainers incident breached the implied term of trust and trust…there was no reasonable and proper reason for this discussion to take place in public Region.

“There was also no reasonable and proper reason to reprimand [Ms Jackson] about the condition of his shoes, let alone do it in a public place. Objectively, Kirsty Sherburn’s conduct that day was likely to seriously damage trust. There can be no reasonable and proper reason for a store manager to treat a junior employee in this way.”

She was awarded £12,138.40 in compensation for wrongful dismissal.

]]> Brooklyn Nets’ David Duke Returns to RI as All-States Special Guest Fri, 17 Jun 2022 20:14:28 +0000

PROVIDENCE — David Duke Jr. stared at his phone for an extra second or two.

His father had just texted him with a photo attached. Duke was posing backstage with former Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski at the 2016 All-State Rhode Island High School Sports Awards.

Classical's David Duke Jr. poses with Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski at the 2016 Providence Journal All-State Awards Banquet.  This year it will be Duke posing with high school athletes.

Six years later, they both became professional athletes. On Tuesday night, Duke could find his arm wrapped around the next version of himself. The former classic basketball player and current Brooklyn Nets guard is thrilled with a return to his hometown and a headlining appearance on the 7:30 p.m. schedule at Veterans Memorial Auditorium (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) .

“It’s come full circle,” Duke said in a conference call Wednesday. “It’s just amazing to put things into perspective – what can happen in just a few years.”

Brooklyn Nets guard David Duke Jr. dribbles against the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena during a game Dec. 12.

This teenage version of Duke had just led the Purple to an Interscholastic League Division I championship. Prep school, three years in the backcourt at Providence and a rookie season in the New York spotlight were still ahead of him. These dreams came true thanks to Duke’s work ethic and natural gifts.

“I grew up in the exact same place you grew up,” Duke said. “I went through all the same things. I didn’t do anything necessarily different.