This has been in our collective consciousness ever since the #BlackLivesMatter and #BlackTransLivesMatter protests hit the quarantining public in June - I even attended the 15,000-person protest at the Brooklyn Museum with some friends. It was life changing.
I was in SoHo yesterday running errands and I happened across a Calvin Klein billboard on Houston - a full-size one, normal for a high end fashion brand like that - with not only a woman of color but a model who wasn't skinny. Not the paradigm of a "high fashion body." THANK GOD. What took the fashion industry so long to celebrate all bodies?
I am proud to have a team behind me that can bring these issues to the fore. What does the landscape look like for BIPOC artists in 2020, or 2021 for that matter? AFROPUNK is one of the most powerful platforms that I know of that has consistently celebrated and furthered BIPOC artists in music; there are a number of chamber groups and orchestras around the world putting out the artistry of not only performers but also composers and visual artists.
Image courtesy of Vanity Fair. Read Viola Davis's cover article here.
Report or vote? Young BIPOC journalists can (and should) do both here
Washington mascot change is a reminder why you should learn about Native communities here
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Here's Alicia Keys performing at NPR's Tiny Desk.