The Most Memorable Fashion Trends of 2019

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Written By: Dara Mcgee The year 2019 was an interesting year, to say the least. Actually, words really can’t describe 2019 in just one word, but what can be said is that the year was all about self-expression; no holds barred.  Through different forms of artistry, we can get a glimpse of a person; their emotions, interests, and ways they proceed to move throughout the world. In this case, we can view it through what we consider fashion.  2019 saw more and more people breaking free from traditional fashion norms and styling themselves on their own terms. Moreover, the year...
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Written By: Airielle Lowe Mumble Rap—the earliest recollection of the term for many is a 2016 HOT 97 interview with artist Wiz Khalifa, where the rapper stated the following:  “We call it mumble rap ...it ain’t no disrespect to the little homies but they know wassup.”   Incomprehensible, repetitive lyrics riding the melody of a catchy trap beat is what generally characterizes the new generation that has both brought this genre back to life in the past decade, while steadily rising to fame for performing in it. It’s not necessarily about being lyrical anymore—but more so enjoying music as a form...
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Rise of the Black Creatives

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Written By: Kadeem M. Pilgrim  Originally published via Blavity.com Allow me to set the scene for you: The image of a silver Olympus Pearlcorder J500 fades in from black and begins to slowly pan from left to right. The cassette reels can be seen turning melodically in circles, cuing the voice of Sanaa Lathan who utters one of the most memorable lines in the film.  “So, when’d you fall in love with hip-hop?”  Following, some of the greatest in hip-hop music, including Kool G Rap, Russell Simmons and Pete Rock, appear, each sharing bits and pieces of their own respective...
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Respect Our Letters, Empower Our Community

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Written By: Kadeem Maliek Pilgrim First came our black women, then came our black colleges. And now…our black letters. We’ve barely made it halfway through the first month of a new decade and the colonizer community has proven that there’s no rest for the appropriators. The latest in a string of cultural thefts hit the Black Greek letter community like a brick early last week as members of 5 of its 9 organizations prepared to celebrate their respective founders’ days. The perpetrator in question? Ralph Lauren. At the onset of the new year, the American fashion brand released a pair...
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The 27 Club

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The 27 Club is Getting Younger, But Can Anyone Stop It? Written By: Airielle Lowe “It’s lonely at the top. That’s the most cliché s**t in the f*****g world, but that’s so true.” - Juice Wrld In an interview with The Breakfast Club released in April, the late rapper Juice Wrld opened up about mental health and confiding in friends while utilizing music as a form of both therapy and a way to connect with his fan base—showing people that they are not alone in their battles. Eight months later he was pronounced dead, a few days after his 21st...
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