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J. Crew Is Into African Fashion Now?

July 7, 2014
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Bikini from J. Crew's Bantu African Swimwear Collection

To kickoff swimsuit season, J. Crew announced the launch of its Bantu African swimwear line. Perhaps best known for its summer in the Hamptons look, J. Crew has now joined the “African” fashion trend. In recent years, a number of other U.S.- and Europe-based companies have started mass-producing imitations of African textiles and silhouettes. Instead...
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The Girl(s) with the Pearl Earring(s)

January 8, 2014
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The Girl(s) with the Pearl Earring(s)

By Renna Gottlieb I’m sitting in a small dining hall at Connecticut College, surrounded by about fifty of my student peers. My school is located in New London, Connecticut, situated roughly midway between Boston and New York City on the southern coastline of Connecticut. Connecticut College (often referred to simply as “Conn,” “Conn Coll,”...
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What the Fashion World’s Minstrel Shows Mean for Real African Designers

October 31, 2013
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What the Fashion World’s Minstrel Shows Mean for Real African Designers

By Tanwi Nandini Islam Every Halloween season, a new crop of blackface horror stories appears in the news. Word of Saturday night’s annual Hallowood “Disco Africa” themed party in Milan has caught fire, attended by the likes of Stefano Gabbana, designer Allesandro Dell’Acqua, and model Anna Dello Russo dressed in tasteless garb involving blackface,...
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Feminists We Love: Liora K

April 12, 2013
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Liora K is an Arizona photographer who produces art not only for work and pleasure, but also for Feminism. When I first discovered Liora’s provocative and powerful images, it was in the context of her feminist project featuring text written on women’s nude bodies. My collaborator (Soraya Chemaly) and I were looking for images...
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A Black Crip’s Perspective on Fashion and Embodied Resistance

February 26, 2013
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A Black Crip’s Perspective on Fashion and Embodied Resistance

My mentor Darnell L. Moore’s recent piece, Black Freaks, Black Fags, Black Dykes: Re-imagining Rebecca Walker’s “Black Cool” jolted my consciousness about the ways in which our aesthetic, as bodies transgressing societal norms, can be a site of empowerment. Several years ago, I made a conscious decision to dress to the nines every time...
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Black Freaks, Black Fags, Black Dykes: Re-imagining Rebecca Walker’s “Black Cool”

February 20, 2013
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Black Freaks, Black Fags, Black Dykes: Re-imagining Rebecca Walker’s “Black Cool”

Enter Scene: I am walking in Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn—where we do more than die, by the way—rocking a close fade with two parts on the side, a full beard and mustache lined up perfectly, eyes protected by a pair of fresh chocolate browline frames (I was two blocks from Malcolm X boulevard, after all). I...
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Adidas Cancels Release of Controversial Shackle Sneaker

June 19, 2012
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“Got a sneaker game so hot you lock your kicks to your ankles?” This was the caption beneath the picture of Adidas’ JS Roundhouse Mid sneakers that set the controversy in motion. The shoes made their very swift debut on the brand’s Facebook page June 14th, and sparked a firestorm of controversy. Featuring a bright...
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