Why luxury brands will continue to be the demise of black culture
Leeching eyes pierce against melanated flesh without an uttered word. Complexion does the talking here.
Many luxury stores have you labeled and prejudged before a foot is set in the door. Un-welcomed stares turn into your every move being traced around the store to spotting clenched bags from other patrons as you pass by.
These same luxury stores are now coming under fire for their blatantly insensitive ‘cultural mistakes’
Burberry Noose Sweatshirt
Gucci Sweater That Resembles Black Face
Prada Black Monkey Key Rings
Dove Ad Campaign and H&M Racist Shirt
Yet many continue to give their GREEN where their BLACK is unwelcome.
But why…Is it for acceptance, reassurance, success?
It all comes down to three vital attributes.
When a black person wears designer, why is it then that the authenticity is questioned?
Accepting that someone from the same cultural background is “better off” financially seems unlikely to most within a society. There is always an underlying skepticism that brings people to question the financial status of another. The constant competition to one up or be better than the next will be a battle that will never succeed.
Say hello to debt… spending an entire paycheck for…a name is the “norm” for most. These labels are the modern day brand that is voluntarily etched upon ones body. The hate spewed within this society promotes majority to look outward for acceptance, even if that means going in debt to perceiving to be something they are not.
Having designer has always been a symbol of “success”, in reference to entertainers in the industry donning prestigious labels.
Many feel as though that having the “look” of success and perceiving to be a certain way ties into the ‘acceptance’ many strive for. This notion comes from constantly striving for the same reassurance internally.
Once acceptance, reassurance or society’s version of success is no longer is an accomplishment, is when it will be recognized that these big name companies need the black community more than they need them.
These big name brands DO NOT, HAVE NOT, WILL NOT care about black and brown people. They design, they create, they mass produce, they issue an apology to save face towards a culture they never intended to create for. These brands create for people who look like them, with no regard to this diverse society.
Start by shopping putting your money where your dollars are respected and appreciated.
Will you continue shopping with these big brands? Let us know in the comments below.
Jordan Peele is back at it again, this time with a Thriller starring Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke who have a fight for survival against clones who are set out to kill them. Though the film has yet to be released (March 2019), that hasn’t stopped the theories and hidden messages discovered that you need to keep your eyes peeled for.
From fan theories to the analysis of Peele’s other projects all gathered from this 2:39 second trailer will leave ready for more.
The symbolism behind the signature headline image: (Get Out Comparison)
No more hiding black pain. The tears of black people have been something that has been ignored for over 400 years. With Peele’s films we are forced to be drawn into these characters wide set eyes as tears stream down their cheeks that can’t be ignored where you can’t seem to look away. Their eyes locked, conveying a trapped expression fearful expression. No longer can we look away but face the pain that has and continues to be endured head on.
It is believed that the idea behind this film is lined to W.E.B Du Bois’ theory of Double Consciousness. This theory believes that black Americans have been conditioned to have a dived personality due to societal views verses who they really are. These doppelgängers are said to be the psychical manifestation of the side of them that is suppressed until now they come face to face with their worst enemy, themselves.
I Got 5 On It (Meaning)
Who can forget the ’95 throwback “I Got 5 On It”, the classic song made an entrance on the opening trailer leaving everyone wanting more.
But what is the significance of this song in the film? The meaning behind this song may be weed (like Shahadi Wright-Joseph who plays daughter Zora Wilson in the film pointed out); but it also talks about going half on the purchase hence: the song title. So how does this song relate to the film? Perhaps the song is a subtle hint as to what is to come. It can be interpreted that someone is going half on helping to create these clones or make a ‘purchase’ (like in Get Out) OR it can simply mean the going half on something as in splitting, the splitting of the bodies.
All we know is Jordan Peele will not disappoint and give us all the answers we need and more! Let us know your thoughts and theories in the comment section below.
After receiving a life sentence for a crime he did not commit, Richard Phillips has become the longest serving exonerated inmate in American history.
Richard was convicted of first degree murder & conspiracy which carried a sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. Later to discover, 38 years later, a man named Richard Polombo, also accused, admitted the truth. He admitted to lying, for he never knew, never planned a murder with and never even met Phillips!
After being convicted at the age of 26, the now 71 year old is making name for himself beyond the prison walls. During his incarceration, Phillips turned to art as an escape where he found his passion. He started his budding career by selling handmade greeting cards to other inmates to accumulate just enough to purchase paint supplies.
During Phillips sentence, he created over 400 watercolor paintings that are now worth well over thousands of dollars. Through his art he created symbols of hope and survival; he conveyed his dark times while others embodied light and life. Each piece exposed passion and life that resonates with his audience.
Phillips attorney, Gabi Silver stated of his paintings: “To suffer what he has suffered, to still be able to find good in people and to still be able to see the beauty in life—it’s remarkable.”
If you would like to contribute to or purchase an original painting from Richard Phillips, be sure to visit his site Richard Phillips Gallery for more stunning creations.
Let’s hear it for the people in the back! We ALL might not have went home with an Oscar last night, but it sure felt like it when Jordan Peele became the first black screen writer to take home an Oscar win.
When one of us wins, we all do. In the name of the CULTURE!
Peele who is known for his comedy and acting sketches just added director to his resume when he wrote and directed the reality(ish) horror film Get Out.
According to cnn.com : In the adapted screenplay category, only three films with black writers have won in the past — "Precious," "Twelve Years a Slave," and "Moonlight."
After winning the Oscar for best original screenplay, Peele made history by becoming the first black director to receive nominations in the writing, directing, and best picture categories for his directorial debut.
“I stopped and started writing this movie about 20 times because I thought it was impossible…” --- Jordan Peele
The power of following through with your dreams…
Stand up! Speak out! It’s time to raise your voice and call out injustices and speak them INTO ACTION.
Social injustices… meet art. This exhibit allowed artists and activists to speak their truths to power in the hopes of demanding more from not only our government but from one another.
Artists took a stand to illuminate the adversities faced in our countries past and present. This form of creative engagement drew the attention of LA natives who flocked to Spring Street in Downtown Los Angeles for the 9 day exhibition of community power and cultural resistance.