In 2005, the NBA implemented a strict dress code to combat image problems caused by young black players wearing hip hop attire popularized by street dealers and rap stars. The dress code called for NBA players to wear “business casual” attire before and after NBA games — even if a player was sitting on the bench.

But before last night’s Cavaliers vs Brooklyn Nets game at the Barclays Center, Cleveland Cavaliers stars LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, as well as members of the Brooklyn Nets, donned black t-shirts bearing the words “I can’t breathe,” to support the family of Eric Garner who was suffocated by a NYPD police officer.

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Vanessa VanDyke

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Vanessa VanDyke, 12, faces expulsion from her Central Florida school if she doesn’t cut, or at least groom her puffy afro hairstyle, WKMG Local 6 reports.

Vanessa, who is a talented violinist, said school officials gave her an ultimatum: either cut her unruly afro or be expelled from Faith Christian Academy in Orlando, where she has been a student since the third grade.

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Girl sent home for wearing dreads

A 6-year-old Tulsa, Oklahoma girl was sent home from school because her unkempt dreadlocks violated the school’s dress code.

Tiana Parker’s father, Terrance Parker, told KOKI that his daughter was pulled out of class at Deborah Brown Community School for having the “wrong hairstyle.”

“She’s always presentable,” explained Parker, who is a barber by trade. “I take pride in my kids looking nice.”

“They didn’t like my dreads,” the little girl cried during an interview with a KOKI reporter.

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