Everytime a movement begins, it is met harsh criticism and judged by the dominant society, which only makes sense being that if everyone thought the same way we'd never progress as a people. Fortunately, we have bright minds that have been around for decades in Q-Tip, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, Phife Dawg [Rest Well King], Jarobi, and Busta Rhymes that took the biggest platform in all of entertainment, in the Grammy stage, and preached a message that either made individuals uncomfortable or empowered people to act. For minds like Spike Lee who's always been outspoken, he decided to act through a pair of customized kicks dedicated to ATCQ's '17 Grammy Performance.
The sneaker is a monochromatic black leather Air Jordan I that ditches the Jumpman's Wings logo and features Tip's message of resistance written in white and Busta's jab at the 45th president in calling him 'Agent Orange' in a red hue, while both sneakers feature Vachetta Tan Nike branding. It may not sound like a lot, but we're sure Spike has taken more initiative than customizing kicks to bring people together and do what's right for humanity. Also, if you haven't seen A Tribe Called Quest's Grammy performance you should take a look at how powerful the imagery that takes place on that stage. We tragically lost Phife last year, don't wait until it's too late to make amends with those you're close with, especially if you have the power to unite many more.