Committed to reclaiming the legacy of the black and brown designers, Jean-Raymond partnered with FUBU The Collection for New York Fashion Week.
Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss isn’t the first designer to decamp to Brooklyn—Eckhaus Latta have been showing in trendy Bushwick for the past few seasons—but he might be the first to bring Fashion Week to Weeksville. The neighborhood has a particularly rich and special history. Founded by James Weeks, an African-American man, in 1838, little over a decade after slavery was abolished in New York, it became one of the country’s first free-black communitiesKerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss isn’t the first designer to decamp to Brooklyn—Eckhaus Latta have been showing in trendy Bushwick for the past few seasons—but he might be the first to bring Fashion Week to Weeksville.
The neighborhood has a particularly rich and special history. Founded by James Weeks, an African-American man, in 1838, little over a decade after slavery was abolished in New York, it became one of the country’s first free-black communities. The Pyer Moss show took place in the grounds of the Weeksville Heritage Center, where four extant houses formed the backdrop. Moments before the lights when up on the runway, a gospel choir dressed in all white lined up on the grassy lawn. The resulting tableau was like something out of a Kerry James Marshall painting, conjuring serenity and joy despite the heavy gray rain clouds overhead.
Jean-Raymond had been pondering the current landscape of African-American life while making of this collection. He came across a copy of The Negro Motorist Green Book in his research, a guidebook first published in the 1930s that served as a tool for black travelers in Jim Crow–era America, signposting restaurants and hotels that were relative safe zones from discrimination and establishments to avoid. “It got me starting to imagine what the African-American experience would look like without the constant threat of racism,” said the designer. He enlisted rising art star Derrick Adams to help bring his vision to life, commissioning 10 paintings that were woven throughout the collection. There was a painterly image of a young black man grilling burgers printed on a simple white T-shirt, and a black page boy and flower girl at a wedding on an oversized silk shirt. Easily the most touching portrait in the bunch, and perhaps the most exquisite piece in the collection overall, was a black father lovingly cradling his baby, rendered in glittering beads on a shift dress. “Just black people doing normal things,” was how Jean-Raymond put it.
In a moment when even the most ordinary aspects of black life seem under constant threat—when a black man or woman innocently barbecuing in their own backyard has been known to elicit an armed police response—these clothes presented a radical counterpoint to a narrative of sensationalism and tragedy porn, speaking volumes more than a political slogan tee.
Jean-Raymond is as committed to reclaiming the legacy of the black and brown designers who came before him as he is to making a name for himself. Last season it was Cross Colours. This season, 1990s streetwear label FUBU, or For Us By Us, partnered on a capsule. “We wanted to highlight designers that weren’t seen,” said Jean-Raymond. “These companies grossed hundreds of millions in their prime, but weren’t recognized in the same way that brands like Donna Karan were because they were considered urban, not fashion.”
Jean-Raymond unveiled his first collection for Reebok last season, and the partnership has been pivotal to his brand’s expansion—many of his former interns are now full-time paid members of his team. The new white and pink quilted sneaker booties he’s created for the second installment of the Reebok partnership are likely to take his business another step forward, too; ditto the graphic ponchos and tracksuits. All in all, cause for celebration—in this case, a friends and family cookout in the backyard of the clapboard Weeksville homes that took place immediately after the show. Just black people doing normal things.
Hurricane Florence’s Flooding Could Trigger Public Health Emergency from Toxic Sludge, Pig Manure
Hurricane Florence could trigger a major public health emergency in North Carolina if flooding causes toxic materials from hog manure pits, coal ash dumps and other industrial sites to be washed into the state’s drinking supply water, the Associated Press reports.
North Carolina is home to about 2,300 pork farms with 9 million hogs. There are also dozens of coal ash dumps. If the pits of waste from hogs and the coal ash were to overflow from flooding, toxic lagoons could be created.
Billionaire BET Founder Bob Johnson Wasn’t Allowed to Check In at Florida Hotel
A Florida resort helped America’s first black billionaire set a new world record when they assisted him with becoming the first black person to ask for the police to be called on himself after the luxury hotel denied him entry because he was black wearing sunglasses.
On Aug. 24, in an attempt to stop the nationwide epidemic of fraudsters making reservations in their name and then showing up with matching credit cards and identification, Eau Palm Beach hotel in West Palm Beach, Fla., told BET founder Robert Johnson that they couldn’t allow him to check into the hotel until he removed his prescription sunglasses, according to WPBF, who spoke with a man they claim was Johnson. (Although it is unclear if they verified his identity by asking him to remove his Ray-Bans.)
Amazon will dethrone Walmart as the No. 1 retailer of apparel this year
Amazon has another milestone in its sights. And this time, Walmart’s in the crosshairs.
The e-commerce giant will be the No. 1 seller of apparel in the U.S. in 2018, according to Wells Fargo, which raised its price target on the Seattle-based retailer Monday following new analysis into its clothing segment.
The e-commerce behemoth’s apparel and footwear gross sales is expected to top $30 billion this year and leapfrog longtime incumbent Walmart for the top spot, wrote Wells Fargo analyst Ike Boruchow.
Homeless Samaritan Will Get Cash; Couple Under Investigation
FLORENCE, N.J. (AP) — A homeless good Samaritan who claims a New Jersey couple mismanaged the $400,000 they raised for him online will receive all of the funds he’s due while the couple is now under criminal investigation.
In a joint statement issued late Thursday, GoFundMe and the law firm representing Johnny Bobbitt said he will get an amount equal to the balance he didn’t receive through the fundraiser.
The announcement came several hours after authorities had executed a search warrant at the New Jersey, home of Mark D’Amico and Katelyn McClure. Citing “enormous public interest” in the case, county prosecutor Scott Coffina confirmed in a Facebook post that Mark D’Amico and Katelyn McClure are under investigation, though no charges have been filed.
Jemele Hill And J.K. Rowling Blast ‘Racist/Jim Crow Serena Williams Cartoon
An Australian newspaper most likely didn’t mean to create a racist cartoon of Serena Williams‘ incident at the US Open this past Saturday, but that’s what they’ve now got on their hands.
The cartoon — drawn by Mark Knight (editorial cartoonist for the Herald Sun newspaper) — shows the tennis superstar stomping on her racket.
But unfortunately for Knight and the Herald Sun, as TMZ points out, it looks like a Jim Crow-era, Sambo-style caricature of a black person — not Serena Williams.
Dallas Officer Who Killed Black Man In His Own Home Arrested For Manslaughter
The case against a white Dallas police officer who shot and killed a black neighbor in the neighbor’s home will be presented to a grand jury, which could decide on more serious charges than manslaughter, the district attorney overseeing the case said Monday.
Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings says an off-duty police officer charged in the shooting death of a neighbor had parked on the wrong floor of their apartment complex’s parking garage.
Ne-Yo Loses $400,000 On Sale Of Georgia Home
Ne-Yo got someone to purchase his Georgia mansion, but for far less than the $1,567,000 he paid for it back in 2011.
According toThe Blast, the crooner lost nearly half a million dollars on the sale of his 9-bedroom, 10-bathroom, 10,000 sq. ft. mansion in Alpharetta.
Nia Long: ‘I’ve Watched A Lot Of Men Get Rich Off The Films I’ve Done’
Nia Long says she has seen her share of gender discrimination when it comes to salary negotiations, and counts herself among the many victims of Hollywood’s gender pay gap.
During a recent Hollywood Foreign Press Association event, she was asked whether or not things have changed in the film industry since the issue has been in the public eye.
According to the actress, Hollywood still has a long way to go.
AT&T’s recent acquisition spree is part of a plan to dominate advertising on connected TVs and devices
AT&T has a rationale behind its recent acquisition spree.
The company wants to dominate the business of selling targeted advertising on internet-connected TVs and devices, according to advertising executives who have had conversations with the company.
On the content side, AT&T acquired Time Warner for a whopping $85.4 billion, though the Department of Justice is suing to block the deal. It purchased entertainment company Otter Media for a price reported around $1 billion. It’s also buying advertising tech such as the digital ad platform AppNexus, which it reportedly got for around $1.6 billion. AT&T has met with additional advertising technology companies about potential acquisitions.
The endgame for AT&T is to develop a new ad platform to sell targeted advertising on video content, regardless of where the person is watching and whether they have a cable or satellite subscription.