Cross Colours Takes HBCU Pride to the Next Level

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Writers: Kamari Williams, Jarrin Sample, and Cailee Copes     Over the last year, the Cross Colours brand has had the opportunity to connect with, as well as mentor, several talented young men, and women via the newly founded “HBCU Campus Influencer Program”. The Cross Colours’ Influencers, all attending either Howard or Hampton University, have engaged in a number of projects that are relevant to working in the fashion business: marketing, event planning, product design, graphic design, interviews, writing, model casting, photoshoots, video shoots, and editing. As the program continues to grow, Cross Colours aims to showcase some of its...
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Black is Beautiful, and so is our Art

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Writer: Mark Edwards   Art is one of the best ways to truly understand a culture.  Art incites necessary conversation, spurs change, and encourages its viewers to think beyond the surface.  But above all else, art tells a story.  With that in mind, here are three of the most powerful summer art exhibitions happening around the country and running through September. Black is Beautiful: The Photography of Kwame Brathwaite 56 years ago, a group of black women modeled in a fashion show with their natural hair, a concept rarely accepted, even today.  The fashion show, held in the winter of...
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Black Design Collective’s Scholarship Gala

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Guests filled the courtyard of Los Angeles’ Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising to celebrate the Black Design Collective’s inaugural scholarship event on the evening of Saturday, April 13th. Attendees watched in pride as the Collective awarded its first ever scholarship to FIDM student, Devert Monet-Hicksman.  The $10,000 scholarship was presented by Board members TJ Walker, Kevan Hall, and Angela Dean who launched the Black Design Collective this year with a mission to empower other black designers. The organization aims to bring awareness of the history and relevance of the global impact of black design through resources, mentorship, e-commerce, and...
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Fashion In Our Jeans

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Writer: Mark Edwards   Believe it or not, there was a time when there was no negativity attached to baggy pants.  However, by the early 90’s oversized pants had become synonymous with gang culture; the 90’s saw the rise of the gangsta rap genre, which birthed artists such as 2 Pac, Nas, and Snoop Dogg.  And by the late 90’, fashion, more specifically streetwear, had unintentionally crossed over into the political sphere.  As a result, “Anti-Sagging” campaigns ran through the 90’s and early 2000’s; one of many strategies used to seemingly target and penalize black youths.  The style found its...
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