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Nikki Giovanni: Housecleaning

i always liked housecleaning
even as a child
i dug straightening
the cabinets
putting new paper on
the shelves
washing the refrigerator
inside out
and unfortunately this habit has
carried over and i find
i must remove you
from my life

Eternal Mood:

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Photo credit: The Blushing Bird

Gucci, Pre-Fall 2017

I’ve been sitting with these photos for weeks, because I wasn’t sure whether or not I wanted to post them. I love fashion, obviously, and I LUUUUURVE Black folks, but this…I don’t know. It hit me in a weird spot.

Inspiration came from England’s underground Northern Soul movement, sparked by the prominent uprising of Black American soul music of the 1960s, as well as Malian photographer Malick Sidibé, who died in 2016.

I’m torn. I appreciate a major house campaign being portrayed exclusively by Black models, and the photos themselves are dope. But I am uncomfortably aware that their Blackness is part of the “art direction.”

Anyhow, enjoy the photos, which are gorgeous. But I’m curious what type of representation we will see next season when Blackness isn’t the theme.

 

photographer: Glen Luchford

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VICE x Gyalcast Present: The Gyallery

So #GYALCAST, a Toronto collective of creative Black women, and VICE had an art show. And it was beautiful. Not just the art, some of which you can see below, but the spirit. Centering black women in art is not a common thing- I am quite used to entering gallery showings and art spaces and being one of a handful of people of color period, much less black women. But to come into a space where black women dominated, and the energy was all love? A beautiful thing.

I wish I’d gotten better pics (I could blame the free (!!!) Henny, but it’s really just my phone lol), but if you see something that intrigues you, look up the artists. I have my eye on the girl blowing a kiss at the camera, myself.

Click the IG post below to catch a vibe.

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#art #blackgirlmagic #TheGyallery

A post shared by Jaeda L (@jaedalaurez) on Apr 6, 2017 at 7:50pm PDT

 

Monday Mode

I came across this collection and couldn’t resist.
Christie Brown, F/W 2016– Designer: Aisha Obuobi

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PMS is b*ll***t.

I DON’T KNOW WHAT I WANT. 

 

Just had to say that somewhere.

Lisa Folawiyo, SS17

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Stepping into 2017 like…

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Grace Bol

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