Three years ago I believed whites and blacks were equal in the United States. I believed that slavery was abolished and racism went both ways. I disagreed with affirmative action and I thought black people who didn’t make it out didn’t want to make it out.
I was so very wrong.
Today my heart is…
"Rise. Shine. Reach outside yourself. Wake and discover the dreams you are capable of when you aren’t sleeping. May they keep you up at night. Marvel at how big they are and witness what they can become. Grow with your ambitions. Flex on those who doubt. Nourish no bad seeds. No black can’ts. No black don’ts. No black maybes. You will. Stretch so that the tension is too great-Become greater. You do not have to dance to choreograph your next steps. Just make sure you get your sun. Black boys. Black girls. Your cage is too small to hold you forever. Show them"
- Dexter R. Jones
Naomi, Naomi’s Grandma Rudy, Naomi’s Mom Valerie Campell, Azzedine Alaïa, Malaika Firth, Riley Montana, Alewya Demmisse, and Tinie Tempah photographed by Bruce Weber, Vogue UK September 2014
Grace Mahary for ELLE Canada’s September issue!photographer: leda & st.jacquesart direction: denis desrohair and make-up: paco puertasmanicure: melissa forrest (p1m)
LEMLEM Pre-Fall 2014 Collection.
Modelled by Ajak Deng, the latest from Lemlem (a surprisingly affordable label, considering) can be describes as laidback cool with subtle hints of masculinity that mixes breezy striped tunics, tie-dyed fabrics and loose chinoes with classic unisex footwear.
Founded in 2007 by model, spokeswoman and entrepreneur Liya Kebede, Lemlem (which means ‘bloom’ or ‘flourish’ in Amharic) was born out of a need to inspire economic independence in Ethiopia and to preserve the art of weaving. Noticing that traditional weavers in her home country were losing their jobs due to a decline in demand for their art, Kebede established the label as a way of addressing this void and preserving an important part of Ethiopian history.
All items are handmade in Ethiopia from natural cotton.
"Puffy Takes Paris" Kate Moss, Alek Wek, Oluchi Onweagba, Jacquetta Wheeler, Debra Shaw, Sean “Diddy” Combs, Jean Paul Gaultier, Karl Lagerfeld, Oscar de la Renta & John Galliano photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Vogue Magazine October 1999