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The Afro Marketplace Journal

JANUARY 2019: Black Fashion Designers Weave Identity and Diversity into Their Pieces

JANUARY 2019: Black Fashion Designers Weave Identity and Diversity into Their Pieces

~For these designers, representation in fashion isn’t a trend, but rather a best practice.~A gospel choir sang as the first model to walk the runway for Pyer Moss’ Spring/Summer 2019 collection emerged in an ethereal white silk gown styled with teal eyeliner and an afro. She walked hand-in-hand with a young black boy wearing a FUBU by Pyer Moss sweater as the rain fell. The collection, designed by the 2018 winner of the prestigious CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Kerby Jean-Raymond, debuted at the Weeksville Heritage Center in Brownsville, Brooklyn.By the end of his latest preview, 48 black models had displayed Jean-Raymond’s...

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DECEMBER 2018 - Meet Reggie Casual, YouTube’s Expert on Japanese Fashion Who Happens to Be Black

DECEMBER 2018 - Meet Reggie Casual, YouTube’s Expert on Japanese Fashion Who Happens to Be Black

(Next Shark) If you want to learn about the vast world of Japanese fashion, Reggie Casual can break it down for you in three essential tenets.The three terms he told me, in a speech so thoughtfully constructed that it would be easy for anyone to tell he is discussing his life’s study, are aptitude, consistency, and monodzukuri. Aptitude, according to Reggie, signifies “thinking about knowing how to put pieces together. And being brave enough to put things together that might be slightly different than what you already perceive to be the right thing. In Japan, there is a focus on...

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Keeping Kwanzaa Simple – Easy Ways to Celebrate

Keeping Kwanzaa Simple – Easy Ways to Celebrate

Janice Robinson-Celeste, Contributor Janice Celeste, MBA | Founder/Editor-in-Chief of Successful Black Parenting magazine It’s estimated that 30 million families celebrate the holiday of Kwanzaa. I have a hard time finding families who celebrate Kwanzaa because it’s not often discussed as a topic amongst co-workers or associates. There seems to be a mysticism associated with this holiday. Many don’t know how to celebrate it, heard something about it or just don’t want to give up Christmas for Kwanzaa. As truths about traditional American holidays unravel the oppression associated with most of them, I find myself looking outside of standard American holidays...

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NOVEMBER 2018 - 6 Amazing Hairstyle Ideas for Afros, No Matter the Size

NOVEMBER 2018 - 6 Amazing Hairstyle Ideas for Afros, No Matter the Size

BY Shanelle DrakefordSince the '60s, the Afro has been a marker of power, resilience, and pride in black culture. Today, it's comforting to see that 'fros are as prevalent now as they were back then — but, of course, we're wearing ours a little bit different than back in the day. Need evidence? Just check the red carpets, where you'll find celebrities like Lupita Nyong'o, Amara La Negra, and Jessica Williams rocking 'fros adorned with accessories or simply parted for a simple but impactful touch of flair. But no matter how you style it, the Afro still makes a statement, whether it's political, personal, or...

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OCTOBER HIGHLIGHT: Aretha Franklin Was Calling For Diversity In Fashion In The '80s

OCTOBER HIGHLIGHT: Aretha Franklin Was Calling For Diversity In Fashion In The '80s

On Thursday, August 16, 2018, Aretha Franklin passed away from pancreatic cancer at her home in Detroit. She was 76. The first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was not only a force musically during her six-decade career — she was a force in appearance, too. During the ‘60s and ‘70s, a time when girl groups and glitter reigned supreme, Franklin performed in slinky silhouettes often accompanied by fur or feathered accouterments. And while her hairstyles often changed to reflect the country’s political climate — she went from beehive updos to a short Afro during the Civil Rights Movement — Franklin...

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