It's Because I'm Young

Blackness. Jazz. Rap. Politics. History. Religion. When I'm stressed I turn to Coltrane and when I'm angry it's Mingus. James Baldwin is my favorite writer and Yasiin Bey my favorite rapper.  “I am black; I am in total fusion with the world, in sympathetic affinity with the earth, losing my id in the heart of the cosmos -- and the white man, however intelligent he may be, is incapable of understanding Louis Armstrong or songs from the Congo. I am black, not because of a curse, but because my skin has been able to capture all the cosmic effluvia. I am truly a drop of sun under the earth.” - Frantz Fanon

In the midst of celebrating Black history, an exhibit that pays tribute to the contemporary, sophisticated styles of urban Black gentleman opens for viewing. Entitled Dandy Lion: Articulating a Redefined Black Masculine Identity, the traveling showcase unveils photos that break the long-held assumption that the “Black dress code” among inner-city constituents is only bound by a uniform of baggy jeans, exposed boxers, white tees and fitteds— a prejudice that has often confined Black male figures to a particular scene and projected onto them a negative value system that doesn’t quite cut the cloth.
Of course the exhibit addresses this, specifically, how many within the African diaspora are fed up with the consistent replaying (read: bashing) of stereotypical images of Black men today. What all will find most enlightening, however, is its exploration of modern style; its reinvention and evolution since the early days of the “Black Dandy”, a style made popular the turn of the 20th century, by the Black beau who placed particular importance upon his physical appearance, style and aesthetics. Read more about the exhibit here.

In the midst of celebrating Black history, an exhibit that pays tribute to the contemporary, sophisticated styles of urban Black gentleman opens for viewing. Entitled Dandy Lion: Articulating a Redefined Black Masculine Identity, the traveling showcase unveils photos that break the long-held assumption that the “Black dress code” among inner-city constituents is only bound by a uniform of baggy jeans, exposed boxers, white tees and fitteds— a prejudice that has often confined Black male figures to a particular scene and projected onto them a negative value system that doesn’t quite cut the cloth.

Of course the exhibit addresses this, specifically, how many within the African diaspora are fed up with the consistent replaying (read: bashing) of stereotypical images of Black men today. What all will find most enlightening, however, is its exploration of modern style; its reinvention and evolution since the early days of the “Black Dandy”, a style made popular the turn of the 20th century, by the Black beau who placed particular importance upon his physical appearance, style and aesthetics. Read more about the exhibit here.

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