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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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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1:1 With Cheo Coker

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1:1 With Cheo Coker Writer: Mark Edwards; Editor: Kadeem Pilgrim Cross Colours had the opportunity to have a conversation with Writer-Producer Cheo Hodari Coker about film and music and how they affect the culture. Known for creating hit television shows and movies such as Luke Cage, NCIS Los Angeles, and Creed II, Coker spoke on how Hip-Hop has influenced him, how he incorporates that into his work, and how he views the importance of representation both narratively and aesthetically.   Before Cheo worked in the film industry he was a notable music journalist. He gave us some insight into how he...
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It’s All Greek to Me

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It’s All Greek to Me Writer: Kendrick Porter; Editor: Kadeem Pilgrim The Divine Nine! Where does one even start when discussing something as controversial, yet historically significant, as the black Greek community? It’s an experience that is had by many, and yet missed by even more.  Moreover, the black Greek experience is one that is synonymous with the HBCU (Historically Black College/University) experience.  In order to shed light on the true purpose of the Divine Nine, it’s important to first share the reason behind its existence.   The D9, known officially as the National Pan-Hellenic Council, is a product of the...
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