These Are the Black Fashion Designers You Need to Keep on Your Radar

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Black girls and guys rock. I feel like we often have to be our own cheerleaders because let’s face it – in the world that we live in, who else can we truly rely on to root for us? I love being black, I am proud of who I am, and I am proud of who we’ve become. We are smart. We are creative. We are successful. And it’s about time the world sees us for what we truly are. It’s no secret we don’t hold enough representation in several areas, but let’s focus in on the fashion industry… as this is a fashion blog after all.

Of the 260 designers that showed at NYFW for F/W 16 only 3 were African American. The issue isn’t that there aren’t a lot of black fashion designers, it’s just that we aren’t as well known. I’m hoping to change that at least…

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“The only people for me are the mad ones, the ones who are mad to live, mad to talk, mad to be saved, desirous of everything at the same time, the ones who never yawn or say a commonplace thing, but burn, burn, burn, like fabulous yellow Roman candles exploding like spiders across the stars, and in the middle, you see the blue center-light pop, and everybody goes ahh…”                                                                                                                       (Jack Kerouac, On the Road)

Many years ago I got it into my head that Jack Kerouac wrote On the Road

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Bullet Breasts and Beatnik Poetry, “High School Confidential” with Phillipa Fallon

I. Need. To. Watch. This.

The Eye of Faith Vintage 11.11.11.

Phillipa Fallon

Sometimes you can just wake up in the mood for some Beatnik poetry.

We want to hear that wa-dee-ya cry from that broken saxophone on the dusty radio . . .the wisha-wish-washish from the pipe in my basement sink . . . that shining reverie from that crusty Madonna posing as some telephone operator on the other end of this plastic cup. . .

high school confidential

Something like that, right? But even better (though I’m gonna give it up for myself on that one)!

Check out this clip from the classic not to be forgotten 1958 film “High School Confidential” starring Russ Tamblyn, John Drew Barrymore and Mamie Van Doren (to name a few). The film was meant to be an expose on the horrifying beat generation and their libertine ways infiltrating every dark corner of the American Dream! And GASP! Your children ! ! ! EEK!

HighSchoolConfidential - Mamie Van Doren & Russ Tamblyn

{Mamie Van Doren…

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Love’s Restless Fear: Penelope’s story

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Epics tell the adventures of their heroes as they triumph over the forces of evil. Heroes are almost exclusively male, and their epic is narrated from a strongly male point of view. Of the three greatest epics to emerge from classical Greece and Rome – Homer’s Iliad and Odyssey, and Virgil’s Aeneid – the latter two describe protracted journeys across the ancient Mediterranean.

The Odyssey details the adventures of its hero Odysseus, as he travels back from the ruins of Troy to his wife and family in Ithaca. Although it both opens and closes in Odysseus’ home on Ithaca, the overwhelming majority of its 12,110 lines of verse detail the travels and travails of Odysseus and, to a much lesser extent, his son Telemachus.

When Odysseus left Ithaca for the Trojan War, he left behind a young wife, Penelope, and their young son, Telemachus. It took a further seven hundred…

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Poem: Lost Generation (Book: The Quarter Life Crisis Poet)




We are the heir
To Blair
In academia we make our bet
They get into debt.

Fortune is linear?
Starve, charge and never recharge.
Let’s get skinnier.

We are living it up
Naivety of a pup
In the workplace we are like slaves
Then at night we rave.

Our big break will come.
Chase, trace and encase.
To the beat of our drum

But I will not succumb

You are all so dumb
Here I become

And then some…

An artist.

I escaped to Bohemia

Away from academia
Ran from the curse
In my converse
And then some

Ran away from academia
Away from the curse
In my converse
To Bohemia


The Analysis:

Originally I had discussed the meaning of the poem in this interview Q&A for author of The Heart trilogy book series Audrina Lane found here.

It was written 30th September 2010 after I dropped out of Law school and I was just unleashing my frustrations at academia and the political system in general. The title is an homage to the Beat Generation. The poem is essentially a vision of how my life would unfold. And who knows maybe now I’ve became the Artist? It has a rhythmical pace in the last two stanzas expressing the circumnavigational nature of life which contrasts with an earlier rhetoric: Fortune is linear? This echoes how society dictates how life should unfold. Though truthfully the path to success is more curvaceous it ebbs and flows yet peaks and troughs.

Looking back it’s so ironic that poetry was my source of unleash and then it was like I just stopped and didn’t pick it up again until January 2013 which was one heck of a pivotal year. 2013 was truly the year of The Search of Everything… But that’s for a future blog post.

I didn’t read other poets I just had so much pain and distress and it just manifested in these poems- it needed release. The only poetry training/teaching I’ve had is GCSE English Literature which ended at age 16.

This poem grapples with Quarter Life angst and the futile promises made to Millennials that we could achieve anything we wanted. It’s the most self-explanatory poem and the most foretelling as it was devising my own buried dreams for a Bohemia, a life filled with artists and poets one I wouldn’t attempt to forge until 2013. Subconsciously, I had finally walked off the path of convention and was ready to Manifest Destiny... I just didn’t know it yet!

Have I arrived in Bohemia? Not just yet, there’s still a long way to go…

The only thing getting in my way (at the time of writing) was the guy in the poem that followed after it called 2am…


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New York City through the eyes of Carrie Bradshaw

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You ask who is Carrie Bradshaw?! Carrie is the main character in the TV series Sex and the city. She is a writer for the New York Star a column with the same title as the show. When she is not writing about her relationships, sex, men, women, careers for her column, she is shopping or spending time with her friends. No one captures the lives in New York City better than columnist Carrie Bradshaw. Why does she so loves to Manhattan? Follow in the footsteps of Carrie and conquer New York City. Drink where she drinks, shop where she shops, and gossip where she gossips.

Apartment: 66 Perry Street, New York, NY

Carrie: New York Magazine says Brooklyn is the new Manhattan.
Miranda: Yes, but whoever wrote that lives in Brooklyn.

While many of the interior scenes were shot at Silvercup Studios in Long Island City, much of the…

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