Watch Tyler, the Creator’s First Golf Wang Fashion Show

Tyler, the Creator held his first ever fashion show for his clothing line, Golf Wang at the L.A. Live Complex. If you aren’t a Tyler fan or are still caught up in the Yonkers hype from five years ago then you might be surprised by the bright and carefree aesthetic. The runway consisted of a revolving stage setup of Tyler’s room on the right and a golf scene and Coca-Cola inspired chairs on the left. A dreamy instrumental played in the background and a skateboard ramp centered out the middle of the runway. In the past, I’ve only caught glimpses of fashion shows but I know that the Golf Wang show was in a category of its own. The line consist of mostly male clothing with a small amount of apparel targeted to women. The garments include brightly colored shorts, button ups, skateboard decks, polo t-shirts, and the fan favorite socks.

Tyler’s out-of-the-box ventures are super inspirational. He is not only unique compared to other hip hop and black entertainers but also amongst all entertainers. He does WHAT he wants without approval from others. Instead of searching for a clothing line that fits his taste; he made his own clothing line to fit his taste. From his clothing line, Golf Media app, annual carnival, sketch show on Adult Swim, self-directed music videos and commercials, Tyler demonstrates that he is in a lane of his own and doesn’t plan on conforming anytime soon.

Photos from Peter Schwab and @flognawmotors Instagram.

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The American Black Film Festival (ABFF) celebrates 20 years

The 20th anniversary of the American Black Film Festival (ABFF) was held in South Beach, Miami this past Wednesday through Sunday. The annual festival, founded by Jeff Friday, provides a much needed platform for filmmakers, actors, and producers of color. In attendance were rapper and actor, Common, who was this year’s Ambassador, Nate Parker, Omari Hardwick, Soledad Obrien, Roland Martin, Gabriel Union, and thousands of aspiring filmmakers of color.

The festival included workshops, panel discussions, and film competitions. One of the panel discussions entitled, Black Women in Hollywood: The Future Looks Bright, included Teyonnah Parris (Chiraq), Aja Naomi King (How to Get Away with Murder), Nikki Behari (Sleepy Hollow), and Emayatzy Corinealdi (Miles Ahead). The actresses discussed the importance of mentorship, representation in the media, and producing your own project.

The film, The Birth of a Nation, directed and produced by Nate Parker, garnered in plenty of excitement. The period piece is about the historical uprising led by Nat Turner in the antebellum South. The film previously screened at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival where it struck a deal with Fox Searchlight Pictures for $17.5 million dollars; making it the highest selling deal at the festival to date. Also included in this year’s ABFF screenings were, Central Intelligence, starring Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson, The Land, directed and written by Steven Caple, Jr, and Illicit, directed and written by Corey Grant.

For more info, visit the ABFF site, here.

Vince Staples Covers Fader Magazine

Vince Staples covers Fader magazine’s final Summer Music Issue. In the issue, Staples gets personal about his early life as a straight A student, gang member, and an early collaborator with Odd Future. His intriguing mind covers topics such as gentrification of Los Angeles and the death of his acquaintances to his favorite past times, Better Call Saul and the film Beethoven. He discusses how even though he is gang affiliated, he doesn’t feel the need to glorify the lifestyle through his art. He also gives us a glimpse into his new EP, Prima Donna.

Read his FADER story here.

Ethical Garment of the Day: Reformation – Flax Relaxed Crew Tee $28

Shopping ethical is very important to me but it can also be very expensive so I wanted to share ethical garments that won’t burn a hole in your wallet.

The garment of the day is the Flax Relaxed Crew Tee from the brand Reformation. The brand was created in 2009 by Yael Aflalo. Most of the clothing is manufactured in their headquarters factory located in downtown Los Angeles. Other garments are produced responsibly in the U.S. or abroad using sustainable methods and materials. The brands website states, “We source sustainable fabrics and vintage garments while incorporating better practices throughout our supply chain to make beautiful styles at a fraction of the environmental impact of conventional fashion”.

The garments can be very pricey, the cheapest pieces are the featured t-shirt and other basic tops priced at $28. If you’re new to ethically produced clothing, some of the concepts are slow fashion, quality material and fair pay. Instead of polluting the environment by producing a large amount of clothes, the brand produces quality garments based on need. This transitions to the buyer as well. Instead of buying 5 cheap shirts that were unethically produced you can buy 1 quality shirt that is pricier. The clothing is also produced by individuals who are paid adequately so the price is high for that reason as well.

Pro: The brand has some style to it. A lot of ethical brands can be very basic and lack edge.

Con: Expensive, lack of models of color and some of the photography is similar to American Apparel in which the baby faced models pose in a very seductive manner.

Website: thereformation.com/products/flax-relaxed-crew-tee-black

Big Sean donates $25,000 towards ending homelessness at Wayne State University

In 2015, Big Sean founded his Detroit-based nonprofit, the Sean Anderson Foundation, an initiative to help the disadvantaged youth of his city. He was recently able to donate $25,000 to Wayne State University, located in the Midtown district, for its Helping Individuals Go Higher (HIGH) program, which is devoted to eliminating college student homelessness.

His foundation’s website states, the donation will “provide short-term support to Wayne State students experiencing homelessness or precarious housing situations.”

Sean also donated $82,000 towards the Flint water crisis in order to aid families who had been poisoned by the city’s water supply and last year, he teamed with Adidas Originals to build a recording studio at Cass Technical High School, his alma mater.

According to Detroit Metro Times, the money will also help students with meal plans, transportation, child care, textbooks, and other school supplies.

Girl Power Meetups: Baltimore

So, this past Sunday (12 June) I went to this event called, Girlpowermeetups in Baltimore. It was cool. It’s a movement that includes women of different backgrounds discussing life, relationships, careers, family, etc. I came in a little late but everyone was super nice. I think another girl arrived around the same time I did. I stated my name and I had to choose a popsicle that described my personality. I came up with a chocolate popsicle with black sprinkles, ha. I just had to put my dark twisted spin on it but it does describe me somewhat. I’m un-apologetically black and I love wearing dark colors. On the flip side, a black popsicle with rainbow sprinkles would be a better description because I love bright colors, I just don’t like wearing bright colors, if that makes sense.

I could relate to just about every topic during the discussion whether it was pursuing a career in something that is financially unstable or dealing with anxiety. The guest speaker was Ashley Ingram who was an activist and artist amongst other great things. She shared her photography and stories about family and teaching racist white pastors from the south about communicating with the black community (crazy, I know).

We did an activity where we had to write down something we’re anxious about this summer and something we’re excited about this summer. For me, it was the same topic; transitioning into a career in the media/arts. This is super stressful because I would be leaving a comfortable 9-5 government job for either a free-lance career or an unsecure position with another company. See, once you get into the government it’s pretty difficult to get fired (meh). Like, you have to be an incompetent, lazy, asshole to be kicked out. So, job security is something I’m concerned with while job hunting. I’m also excited because this is a huge turning point in my life.

Some of the other anxieties were, going to a family reunion, moving, getting married, and doing nothing this summer. Some exciting plans were, being on a break from an ex, traveling, seeing friends, and gardening. Overall, the meet up was very interesting and I’m excited for future events. I took some photos during the discussions and some cool portraits at the end of the meet up.

Introduction

I came up with the idea to start a blog on 6/15/2016. I was sitting at work, doodling as usual when the  idea popped into my head. I was mostly influenced by my new obsession, “Black and Sexy TV”. It’s an online network that has multiple shows about young black life with regards to relationships. I want to do something like that because video is my motif (my first time using this word, ha) (I don’t like typing LOL if I’m not laughing out loud so ha will do). But I know it takes a ton of money to execute so I want to ease my way in with a blog. This will include my interests like music, anime, film, activism, humor, and yeah. Like black nerds mixed in with black lives matter mixed in with the random humor I like. Oh, and 90’s culture of course. Lisa Frank is the shit! I also want to collaborate with other writers because I suck at writing. My mind is all over the place. So, follow if you like the above topics.

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