Dr. Kenneth B. Clark conducting the Doll Test, Harlem, New York (Gordon Parks, 1947)
Style Icon: Lupita Nyong’o
PUBLIC STATEMENT ON NYPD USE OF EXCESSIVE FORCE ON MR. KANG WONG
On Sunday, January 19th, Mr. Kang Wong, an 84-year old man, was stopped by the police for jaywalking at Broadway and 96th Street. Mr. Wong, confused because of a language barrier, attempted to walk away when the cops then used…
"I understand. I get it dear. We don’t want poetry anymore. We want punch lines, we want them to beat and beat quickly the unforgiving lyrics of the world away from our wisdom. We are terrified and this is why we want them, our future needs an intentional rescue and we fear that this insufferable…
JB: One of the dangers of being a Black American is being schizophrenic, and I mean ‘schizophrenic’ in the most literal sense. To be a Black American is in some ways to be born with the desire to be white. It’s a part of the price you pay for being born here, and it affects every Black…
The title that launched a thousand images.
I styled the shoot of Me’Shell Ndegeocello’s first recorded project.
It was her poetry that made me want to look deeper at the deep south. Touch cotton in it’s unmolested form.
We are the people
who picked the cotton
that made the fabric
that made the clothes
black folks belong in the fashion industry
we made it
with our bare hands
and broke our backs
We. Be. Long
This is why we don’t rest well in the imbalances of the catwalks and the ivory towers and the glossy pages and the silver screens.
And still we rule The Concrete Runway.
photo by | Ruven Afanador