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melaesthetic-eccentric 2 days ago
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Melanin 馃 Nails 馃拝馃徑
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teamwilsonfamily a day ago
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WIMBLEDON Royal Box w/ the Queen herself! 鉂わ笍 @Ciara @wimbledon
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msterpicasso a day ago
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blackexcellence 2 months ago
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CONFIRMED 馃帀馃懇馃従鈥嶁殩锔
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Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson will become the 116th Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court and the FIRST Black woman to sit in the highest court.
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ghost-37 3 months ago
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butterflikisses 3 months ago
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apennyforurthots 11 months ago
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Beauty Supply store run
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Model Jess
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mradriannn 28 days ago
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Our community still suffers with extreme homophobia that is gaslighted and brushed under the rug. The hate is so normalized
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melaninexcellence 2 months ago
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CHLOE BAILEY at the Black Music Collective GRAMMY Week Celebration (2022)
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phuckindope 8 months ago
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me tlkin to me.
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melaesthetic-eccentric 15 hours ago
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Melanin 馃 Shades 馃槑鉁
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teamwilsonfamily a day ago
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Ciara and Russell Wilson at The Serpentine Gallery Summer Party in London on Thursday.
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msterpicasso 2 months ago
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blackexcellence 4 months ago
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Today in Black Excellence: Dapper Dan鈥攖he underground fashion icon who made history as the first Black designer to receive CFDA鈥檚 lifetime achievement award.
鈥淚 don鈥檛 give a damn about failure. I was born part of failure. We are the phoenix鈥攁ll of us here in America, every black man, woman, and child are part of the phoenix, still rising from those ashes. All my life is about getting knocked down and getting back up. I don鈥檛 care. It鈥檚 fun!鈥濃擠apper Dan.
What鈥檚 Dapper Dan鈥檚 story?
Born Daniel Day on August 8, 1944, in Harlem, New York City, into a working-class family. By 13, he was making thousands a day after teaching himself gambling. By the 70s, Dan first sold items out of his car, and in 1982, the iconic Dapper Dan鈥檚 Boutique had its grand opening 鈥攐pen 24/7.
Dan is self-taught鈥攆rom his fabrics and leather printing, to his creations of unique textiles featuring Louis Vuitton and Gucci logos. His designs became synonymous with 80s hip-hop鈥攂ut Dan was neglected by the fashion world, and his illegal use of major label logos led to police raids. Local attention became Global; European luxury fashion companies like Fendi caught wind and promptly took legal action. Dapper Dan鈥檚 Boutique was shut down in 1992. Ever the hustler, he continued working underground.
How did he come to win the CFDA award?
Ironically, to say the least, and on his own terms in true Dapper Dan style. Fans were outraged when they noticed Gucci steal one of his classic designs for a major show. The coat was first made for Olympian Diane Dixon, and she posted on Instagram: 鈥淕ive Dapper Dan his credit. He did it first in 1989!鈥 Incredibly, Gucci accepted its wrongdoing and sparked his career into new life when it offered a partnership.
At age 77, he made history as the first Black fashion designer honored with the CFDA鈥檚 Geoffrey Beene Lifetime Achievement Award. He is also the first designer to receive the honor without ever doing a solo fashion show. Truly the epitome of Black excellence.
Original portrait by Tumblr Creatr @patiencelekienart
There鈥檚 a quote by Faith Cummings that says, 鈥淲e still struggle to garner a seat at the table. Even though we鈥檝e oft built the table ourselves.鈥 As a Black Creative, this is a reality many of us face. And Dapper Dan is a modern representation of just that鈥擝lack Excellence. He exemplifies how and why our contributions to culture often define culture. It was an honor dedicating this piece to him, as an extension of my gratitude and appreciation for the path he has paved for all Black Creatives. Thank you Dapper Dan.聽
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ghost-37 2 months ago
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Chadwick Boseman and former Howard University classmates in Brooklyn (2000)
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musiqofsoul 7 months ago
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Brandy Norwood for the 鈥楴ever Say Never鈥 photoshoot (1998)
fmoig: @morethanjustmusiq
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butterflikisses 3 months ago
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2018 Can Film Festival
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mradriannn a year ago
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A message from Mr X
Follow my Instagram @MrAdriannn
Snapchat @im.adrianoo
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