When you grow up feeling marginalized, there’s a moment of self-awareness that makes you acutely appreciative of pioneers and modern day heroes who happen look like you. For centuries, a predominantly white story has shaped just about every facet of American pop culture and most history curriculums taught in public schools. It’s easy for significant stories about people of color to get swept under the rug, which is why it feels more significant when we rediscover them for our own.
Kerby Jean-Raymond grew up a few blocks away from Weeksville, a Brooklyn neighborhood founded by African-American freedman in the 1800s. It’s named after Virginian James Weeks, who bought the plot of land from African-American land investor Henry C. Thompson. In the years that followed, he turned it into a bustling community of over 500 residents. When the Brooklyn Bridge was completed in 1883, the thriving neighborhood slowly became absorbed into Crown Heights around it, and became a slow casualty of New York’s expansion into a sprawling metropolis.
In choosing Weeksville as the setting for his Spring/Summer 2019 collection, “American Also, Part Two,” Jean-Raymond isn’t just reminding us of history, he’s reminding us that black people haven’t just thrived, but flourished for decades—and it’s a reality that the majority of people just haven’t chosen to pay attention to. He pokes fun with the notion of visibility with graphics that say “See Us Now?” on his clothing. A choir sang several songs taking the audience through decades of black music, from James Ruffin’s 1966 hit “What Becomes of the Brokenhearted?” and eventually segueing into the Fast Life Yungstaz’ “Swag Surfin’.”
Much of the graphics were done in collaboration with artist Derrick Adams, turning his colorful portraits into all-over prints depicting the beauty in mundane black life. Although Jean-Raymond is known for using his platform to protest racial injustice and bring awareness to issues still plaguing the black community, he subversively swerves for this collection, wanting to shine a light on the quiet power in elevating the everyday black experience.
Here, it’s not about everything that’s still wrong—it’s standing in solidarity with everything that’s all right, an inward look at how far the culture has come. It’s a universal late-pass issuance to those who are just starting to come around to the labels, figures, and artists that have inspired generations of black creatives. There are even cheeky graphic T-shirts with the phrase “If You Are Just Learning About Pyer Moss, We Forgive You” emblazoned on the back.
Jean-Raymond’s homage to his predecessors also manifested in a collaboration with FUBU, the label co-founded by current Shark Tank investor Daymond John. He also debuted his latest capsule collection for Reebok, including several new sneakers and colorful new sportswear. The accessories include timely side bags that will undoubtedly end up on the backs of street style mavens next season. We see you, Pyer Moss.
For more New York Fashion Week coverage, check out what went down at Ralph Lauren’s 50th anniversary show.
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#Repost @pizzuticollection ・・・ WHEN ATTITUDES BECOMES CHAIRS (guest curated by Marc Benda and Glenn Adamson) opens tonight (September 8, 2018), showcasing the field of furniture design and its transformation from a fairly restrictive field in which form tended to follow function, to becoming one of the most dynamic of all creative disciplines. Across a wide range of approaches – sometimes powered by new technology, sometimes simply by their imaginations – artists and designers alike are dramatically expanding the possibilities for furniture. @estudiocampana @kaws @glenn_adamson @friedman_benda #contemporaryart #whenattitudesbecomeschairs #marcbenda #furniture #design #furnituredesign #interiordecoration #expcols #lifeincbus #onlyincbus #artmakescbus
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You can peep KAWS and Studio Campana’s collaborative Banquete KAWS chair at Pizzuti Collection’s upcoming exhibition, “When Attitudes Becomes Chairs.”
The Ohio show will include the piece alongside works by notable designers such as Alessandro Mending.
The exhibit will explore furniture design and “its transformation from a fairly restrictive field in which form tended to follow function, to becoming one of the most dynamic of all creative disciplines.”
Find it at:
632 North Park Street
Columbus, OH 43215
In unrelated news, Elon Musk smoked a blunt live on The Joe Rogan Experience.
A Fortnite Monopoly board will soon be released. The special edition version of the classic game appeared as a pre-order on electronics website Zavvi, before being removed.
Hasbro and Epic Games have since confirmed that the item is legitimate and will release. As per Kotaku, the game follows its own “Battle Royale” rules, as described in full below.
“You’re still picking up properties, but instead of money you have health points. Instead of paying for spaces, it’s just first come first serve. Each turn you roll two dice, one that moves you forward and another that allows you to take an action. You’ll be able to shoot a player on the same side of the board as you; build a wall on the space you’re currently on to protect yourself from being shot; drop a Boogie Bomb, which causes each player to lose health; or apply a bandage to regain health. If you lose all your health points, you lose, and just like the video game, the last player standing wins.”
The Fornite Monopoly board reportedly releases October 1.
In related news, parents are hiring Fortnite tutors for their kids.
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Brand: Cherry Los Angeles
Key Pieces: The brown hoodie (slide #4) is a perfect layering piece.
Editor’s Notes: Cherry Los Angeles has unleashed a fresh batch of graphic streetwear, and you can cop it via its New York City pop-up. The “ADHD” theme plays on the awkwardness of the yearly class photo, and sees a school theme running throughout.
The drop hits Cherry’s web store on September 9. Locate the pop-up at:
Cherry Los Angeles – New York Pop-Up
170 Crosby St.
New York, NY 10012
In other fashion news, you can relive Ronnie Fieg’s third annual KITH show here.
It was one of the biggest subplots in hip-hop, but now Drake and Meek Mill have seemingly settled their differences.
Drake brought out the Philly rapper during his show in Boston on Saturday night (September 8), where he was performing with Migos as part of the Aubrey and The Three Amigos Tour.
— Word On Road (@WordOnRd) September 9, 2018
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Drake posted about the moment on Instagram. “This really gave me peace of mind tonight,” he wrote in the caption. “Healing and moving forward created one of the most electric and gratifying moments of my career.
“@meekmill I’m happy that you are home and that we could find our way back to our joint purpose. (Cue the Kevin Garnett “anything is possible” adlib).”
Drake and Mill’s beef stretched back to 2015 when Meek accused the Views rapper of using ghostwriters. It escalated from there, with Drake memorably releasing the “Back To Back” freestyle.
In other news, here’s why Kanye West and Pornhub are the perfect match.
Kanye West has hinted of a new collaborative project with JAY-Z.
The pair released Watch The Throne in 2011, an album viewed by many as one of the most influential in modern hip-hop. Memorably, the artwork was designed by Riccardo Tisci. Kanye had previously claimed that “there will never be a Watch the Throne 2,” but his latest tweet hints at the opposite.
throne2 coming soon
— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) September 8, 2018
The current status of Kanye and JAY-Z’s relationship is still unknown. In 2016, Kanye went on a rant and called out JAY-Z and Beyoncé on stage for not taking his calls, which JAY-Z addressed on his album, 4:44.
Stay posted for further information.
If you missed it, here’s Kanye and Lil Pump’s video for “I Love It.“
Manami Ito continues to inspire people around the globe with her incredible talents and dedication. In addition to being a nurse and Paralympian swimmer (she came in 4th in the 100m Breaststroke at the 2008 Beijing Paralympics and 8th at the 2012 London Paralympics), she’s also an accomplished musician and speaker.
In this moving performance, Ito plays ‘Thread’ by Miyuki Nakajima on the violin. Kazushige Masuda captured her rendition on September 2, 2018 at the Takarazuka City General Welfare Center in Hyōgo Prefecture, Japan.
This morning, Post Malone had the misfortune of being involved in a car accident in West Hollywood while driving his Rolls Royce. According to Billboard, the vehicle was driven by the rapper’s assistant who hit a Kia and then proceeded to crash into a fence on city-owned property. Post Malone was riding in the passenger seat during the casualty.
Based on the preliminary investigation led by Sgt. Andrew Meyers of the Beverly Hills Police Department, there were no injuries from the accident and alcohol was not a probable factor. Post Malone has not released an official statement regarding the incident, but he did post a tweet that seems to allude to it.
god must hate me lol
— Beerbongs & Bentleys (@PostMalone) September 7, 2018
In other news, Nas has issued a statement to deny Kelis’ abuse allegations. Get all the details right here.