What psychology can teach fashion about inclusivity

Written By BELLA WEBB By including psychology in their strategic thinking, brands can move beyond tokenism towards true inclusivity. © Olivia Lifungula/Hajinsky Could psychology help fashion brands resolve their inclusivity problem? An increasing number of academics believe so. Back in 2009, Caryn Franklin, a former editor of i-D turned academic, co-founded the award-winning All Walks Beyond the Catwalk campaign. Enlisting British industry heavyweights ranging from the British Fashion Council to Rankin and Kayt Jones, the campaign sought to celebrate diversity in fashion in front of and behind the lens. By 2015, having stepped away from All Walks, Franklin felt frustrated with the lack of in

Why major retailers are finally stocking more Black-owned brands

Written BY BELLA WEBB © Misha Taylor/MatchesFashion.com Designer Aurora James is asking retailers to take the 15 Percent Pledge, creating opportunities for Black brands in America and beyond. Early signs are it’s working. As Black Lives Matter protests spread across America in June, Brother Vellies founder Aurora James saw her inbox flooded with messages of solidarity from friends in the industry, but their words rang hollow. “I was reading that they supported me, but I wasn’t necessarily feeling it,” she says. “What would it take to feel like these people really stood with me?” Her answer was the 15 Percent Pledge, a new nonprofit calling on retailers to match their representation of Black

Afro Cuban Businesses in Havana You Should Know About

With global black self-determination a component of #Blacklivesmatter, and the relaxing of COVID-19 restrictions, consider traveling to Cuba. While there are still restrictions for entering Cuba, the Global Exchange Reality Tours has been organizing travel to Cuba from the U.S. for over 28 years. Through GERT, you can experience the African diaspora from a Caribbean perspective, and here are a few places to visit. Salchipizza Founded in 2014,Salchipizza is owned by Alberto Gonzalez, the first Cuban chef to ever win a Michelin star.  His food is known to put you through a taste-based emotional journey where he recreates Afro-Cuban recipes with traditional methods. Find it on Calle Infant


By Fashionista Designer: Buki Akib For a split second I almost thought I was at New York Fashion Week. Backstage, top models like Georgie Badiel, and Oluchi Onweagba were getting beautified, while at front of house an army of street style photographers stalked the front row for candids of celebs and it-girls. Outside, copies of an all-African daily (suspiciously similar to The Daily Front Row) were being handed out to thousands of paying guests while the oversized tents, similar to those at Lincoln Center, were prepped for the influx. Yet as time went on, it became increasingly clear that this was definitely not New York. This was Arise Magazine Fashion Week in Lagos, Nigeria--and for all t

Harriet Tubman, an Unsung Naturalist, Used Owl Calls as a Signal on the Underground Railroad

By Allison Keys Harriet Tubman, 1870s.Photo:Harvey Lindsley/Library of Congress The famed conductor traveled at night, employing deep knowledge of the region's environment and wildlife to communicate, navigate, and survive. Many people are aware of Harriet Tubman's work on the Underground Railroad and as a scout, spy, guerrilla soldier, and nurse for the Union Army during the Civil War. Fewer know of her prowess as a naturalist. At the Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad State Park in Church Creek, Maryland, Ranger Angela Crenshaw calls Tubman “the ultimate outdoors woman.” She even used bird calls to help guide her charges, eventually helping some 70 people, including her parents and four b

CURLS haircare brand is launching a Black-owned beauty supply store distribution network

by Stephenetta (isis) Harmon Photo courtesy CURLS Mahisha Dellinger, founder and CEO of CURLS haircare brand, is looking to level the playing field for Black beauty supply store owners. She recently announced a new alliance to provide Black-owned stores access to products so they can stock their shelves and stay in business.  CURLS’ “United We Stand: Strategic Alliance With Black-Owned Beauty Supply Stores” will create a distributor partnership with low purchasing minimums and extended payment terms. African Americans make up 86% of total sales on ethnic hair and beauty needs, yet Koreans have maintained a stronghold on the beauty market since the 1970s. It is not for a lack of want. In muc

NSCAD University announces Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Transatlantic Black Diasporic

Written By Darcy MacRae NSCAD University announces Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Transatlantic Black Diasporic Art and Community Engagement NSCAD University announced Dr. Charmaine A. Nelson as its Tier 1 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Transatlantic Black Diasporic Art and Community Engagement. It is NSCAD’s first CRC Tier 1 award, the highest award that a university can receive from the tri-agency initiative of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR). Dr. Nelson, formerly a full professor of art history at McGill University who researches and teaches sub

The Cost of Being Black: 33 Facts About the Wealth Gap and Racial Economic Justice

We at MONEY talk a lot about the power of compound interest. It’s the magical way your savings builds up exponentially — or compounds — as you stash away cash and earn interest on your interest, year after year. But disadvantages can also be compounded. Even small doses of injustice, oppression, and inequitable policies are bad, of course, but they are much, much worse when their impact builds up over time and they hold people back on a national, generational scale. This is why the racial wealth gap is so persistent in American society. As a Brookings Institution report analyzing the black-white wealth gap sums up, “Black and white households reveal the effects of accumulated inequality and

San Francisco's first black woman-owned dispensary nears grand opening in Bayview

Reese Benton, of Posh Green Collective, at last year's Outside Lands festival. | Photo: Posh Green Collective/Instagram Reese Benton, born and raised in San Francisco’s Ingleside neighborhood, will make history this month as the first black woman to own a cannabis dispensary in the city. Benton was originally set to open Bayview-based Posh Green Retail Store (828 Innes Ave.) today. But she's now delaying plans to host the official grand opening celebration until later this month, in conjunction with neighboring business Cafe Alma. The journey to this point has been a long and turbulent one for Benton. She said the idea for the business started with a contentious breakup with a boyfriend who

Black-Owned Bookstore Sees Sales Soar Amid Protests

At Sister’s Uptown Bookstore in Washington Heights, with a huge selection of books dedicated to African American history, culture, and black liberation, books have been flying off the shelves since the protests began WASHINGTON HEIGHTS - As thousands take to the streets to protest against police brutality and racial inequality, many are inspired to read about the issues. In recent weeks, black-owned bookstores have seen a tremendous spike in sales. “We sold hundreds of books and I was like, 'oh my, we got money in the bank,'" said Janifer Wilson, who owns Sister’s Uptown Bookstore in Washington Heights. Opened in 2000, the store stocks a huge selection of books dedicated to African American

Aunt Jemima Brand to Change Name and Image Over ‘Racial Stereotype’

Aunt Jemima, a syrup and pancake mix brand, will get a new name and image after Quaker Oats, its parent company, acknowledged that the brand’s origins were “based on a racial stereotype.” The brand, founded in 1889, is built on images of a black female character that have often been seen as a symbol of slavery. Aunt Jemima has gone through several redesigns; pearl earrings and a lace collar were added in 1989. On Wednesday, Quaker Oats, which is owned by PepsiCo, said that it was taking “a hard look at our portfolio of brands” as it worked “to make progress toward racial equality through several initiatives.” The packaging changes, which were first reported by NBC, will begin to appear towar

Celebrate Juneteenth Virtually With The Black Heritage Trail Of New Hampshire

Written By Kelsey Marie Photo courtesy of The Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire From a cooking demonstration to virtual community dialogue, this year’s theme — Food for the Body, Food for the Soul is exploring the connection between food, culture, and our soul.  We had the opportunity to talk to JerriAnne Boggis, Executive Director of Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire about what we can expect from this year’s Juneteenth Celebration and how we can continue to support the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire from now until forever. Travel Noire: Can you tell us a bit about how the Black Heritage Trail of New Hampshire started? JerriAnne: The Black Heritage Trail of NH (BHTNH) is an ex

How Bozoma Saint John Is Amplifying Black Voices Through White Celebrities’ Instagram Accounts

Written By Marty Swant As the nation grapples with how to address systemic racism, a new social media campaign aims to amplify the voices of black women on Instagram. On Wednesday, 50 white celebrity women including soccer star Abby Wambach, actresses Brie Larson and Gwyneth Paltrow, and musician Sara Bareilles will hand over their Instagram accounts to 50 black women for the day to foster dialogue and reach new audiences. The campaign, called #sharethemicnow, was co-created by Endeavor Chief Marketing Officer Bozoma Saint John, writers Luvvie Ajayi Jones and Glennon Doyle, and Alice and Olivia founder Stacey Bendet. According to Saint John, the idea came about last week when she was talking

Buju Banton’s Daughter Abihail Myrie Gets Vogue Feature In The #VogueChallenge

Written By Devi Seitaram Buju Banton’s daughter Abihail Myrie has been featured in a Vogue article about the #VogueChallenge which began as a tribute to the Black Lives Matter movement.  The challenge, which originated on TikTok, seeks to showcase the talents of Black creators. In a post on Instagram, Abihail posted three images with the caption “because we’re manifesting it”. What started as a push back to systemic racism and media portrayals that excludes black faces and voices, might turn out to be the opportunity Abihail is looking for. Myrie’s three photos, shot by Jamaican photographer Wade Rhoden, showcases her glowing dark skin and outfits that may just have been fitted by a top desi

Oya Media Group Celebrates 2 Canadian Screen Award Wins!

Press Release-TORONTO, ON – OYA Media Group's Mr. Jane and Finch documentary, which was directed, co-produced and co-written by Ngardy Conteh George and co-produced and co-written by Alison Duke, won two 2020 Canadian Screen Awards: the 'Donald Brittain Award for Best Social/Political Documentary and Best Writing in a Documentary. The Canadian Screen Awards are a celebration of Canadian visual storytelling and the people who bring these stories to life. The CSAs recognize and champion the authentic voices and universal themes that resonate in Canada and beyond. Mr. Jane and Finch explores the life of long-standing community activist and amateur Documentarian, Winston LaRose who has dedicated

Germany should get serious about fighting anti-Black racism – Statement by TANG

Dr Sylvie Nantcha (2nd from right, front row), Nelly Djappa (3rd from right, front row), a member of TANG, and other participants at the 'No to Racism' rally in Fulda on Saturday/Photo: TANG The African Network of Germany (TANG) is currently carrying out a campaign against anti-Black racism on social media. The organisation explains in this press statement why Germany must act decisively now against discrimination against people of African descent in the country —- Following the death of the African-American George Floyd after a brutal police operation in Minneapolis on 25 May, the world currently focuses its attention on racism in the United States. But there is also racism against Black

Post-COVID-19: Considering Smaller Venues 7 Black-Owned Hotels Across The U.S. To Visit On Your Nex

The Ivy Hotel in Mount Vernon, Baltimore JACKSON PHOTOGRAPHY When it comes to accommodations, travelers have endless options to explore when planning a trip—from hostels and Airbnb to luxury hotels and family-run B&Bs, your choice of lodging can easily define your trip and being selective about where you choose to stay can have a big impact. Supporting Black-owned hotels is an easy way to help African American hospitality entrepreneurs flourish while encouraging more diversity in the greater hospitality industry. According to Davonne Reaves, Hospitality Strategist at The Vonne Group, less than two percent of hotels across the country are currently owned by Black people. That said, Reaves i

June Is Caribbean-American Heritage Month Celebrates: Cicely Tyson to Will Receive Peabody Award

Written by Kristen Lopez Legendary actress Cicely Tyson is set to receive a Peabody Award for Career Achievement. The awards, handed out by the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Georgia, seek to recognize those in television, radio, and online media that invigorate, inspire or educate. In Ms. Tyson’s case, the Career Achievement Award seeks to honor those “whose work and commitment to broadcasting and digital media have left an indelible mark on…American culture.” Tyson has a career spanning all the way back to the 1950s and received the award for being a figure in the advancement of programming that changes the culture, and specifically transformed how

The Black creatives changing the face of cosplay

By Shakeena Johnson|Faced with a racist obsession with "accuracy", Black cosplayers are fighting to prove that cosplay applies to all and not just some. “Just because the characters we cosplay as don't look exactly like us, doesn’t mean we can’t re-imagine or portray them in a different way," says Californian cosplayer Kiera Please. "It’s animation.” The 23-year-old is speaking out after becoming tired of the persecution and misogyny she and many other Black women cosplayers are subjected to on social media. “Sometimes, the abuse online is a lot," she explains. "The harshest thing is having to read people shaming me over my character choices because I’m not the same colour as the character,

Moving Backward: Hypocrisy and Human Rights

Guantánamo Bay detention camp, Cuba, October 2018 The following text is adapted from “The Death of Human Rights,” the 2019 Robert B. Silvers Lecture, delivered at the New York Public Library in honor of the founding co-editor of the New York Review, who died in 2017. Though my title fits the grim tone of our age, the truth is that this is a joyous occasion for me. With the notable exception of my father, no man meant more to my life than Robert B. Silvers. Bob gave me my first job, taught me to edit, and then, for nearly three decades, published my writing on Haiti, on the Balkan wars, on the Iraq war, on American presidential elections from Bush v. Gore to Barack Obama to Donald Trump. When

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