Today is the 51st Anniversary of the Grandassa Models Naturally ’62 and what I consider the start of the “Black is Beautiful” Movement! (see links at end of post) Honestly I have a ton of work to do, but I could at least stop long enough to honor those in whose footsteps I walk! Last Year I spent January 28th Speaking to Kwame Brathwaite and learned it was an economic marketing strategy to move us towards “Buying Black”.
It was a Movement that went viral to the Caribbean, Africa, Europe before the Internet! Artist designers musicians they created and shared the message in the mediums they were familiar with! They shared and worked together… What I realized was that many of the efforts that were currently being executed around me in terms of The Black, African Diaspora Fashion/Creative Industry had been tried! What I also realized was that we had no real method of reporting and sharing from within the industry and this allowed misconstrued perceptions to flourish! Below is a list of links that tell more on the story, you can connect with Kwame on his Facebook page!
This year I am continuing my Black Dress Project looking at Designers Of color Globally! I am Also Looking at a celebration Back Redress By, for and off designers within the Black diaspora Globally … I am spearheading a number of initiative to help designers and thus far the results have been great… but working together and building momentum…. We’ll see