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“Black” is in fashion at Vogue in July

Black is really “the new BLACK”…but we already knew that. I guess Vogue magazine knows too.

Allegations of racism and discrimination in the fickle fashion world have surfaced after Franca Sozzani, editor of the global style bible Vogue Italia, confirmed rumours that July’s issue would be back-to-back black.

Using only black models, next month’s issue will run articles tailored for black women interested in the arts and entertainment.

American Vogue is following a similar path, using its July issue to ask why it is that there is a dearth of black models on catwalks and in magazines.

It’s nothing new. Like the fashion styles spruiked in magazines and on catwalks, the race debate is cyclical.

The first time a black model sashayed down the catwalk was in 1964, put there by designer Paco Rabanne. It was scandalous. Rabanne reported afterwards that American fashion journalists went backstage and almost spat in his face. “They said haute couture is reserved for white women and not those girls over there,” he said.

More than four decades later, the flamboyant designer Vivienne Westwood cried whitewash after a magazine editor refused to use a black model on the cover because “sales would halve”. Westwood, fuming, demanded a quota system to force magazines to feature more black and Asian models. If America can consider a black president, could the fashion world be about to finally get black beauty? Unlikely, according to The New York Times’ Cathy Horyn, who argues racism in fashion exists because tokenism persists.

The famed Los Angeles-based photographer Steven Meisel, who shot the images for Vogue Italia’s 170-page July issue, agrees black models are conspicuous by their presence. Best known as the man behind the camera for Madonna’s 1992 book, Sex, Meisel is a long-time critic of the fashion industry’s narrow view of the world, going as far as to label it discriminatory. [full article – theage.com]

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Black Womanhood at Dartmouth

I’m an art lover so I thought I’d share.  I’m excited about this exhibit.  Should in the vicinity of Dartmouth before August 10, you should go see this exhibit at the Hood Museum of Art.

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Maud Sulter, Scottish (1960-2008)Terpsichore, 1989

Cate McQuaid/Globe Correspondent writes:

“”Black Womanhood” aches with old wounds, probed tenderly by artists who still contend with these scars and restrictions. It has a mighty scope, embracing topics such as the spice trade, Josephine Baker, African initiation rituals, and homophobia in South Africa.

The paradigm it sets up Continue reading

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Racist Nobel Prize winner turns out to be 16% black

The Times Online (click link for whole story) Reports…

JAMES WATSON, the DNA pioneer who claimed Africans are less intelligent than whites, has been found to have 16 times more genes of black origin than the average white European.

An analysis of his genome shows that 16% of his genes are likely to have come from a black ancestor of African descent. By contrast, most people of European descent would have no more than 1%.

The study was made possible when he allowed his genome – the map of all his genes – to be published on the internet in the interests of science.

“This level is what you would expect in someone who had a great-grandparent who was African,” said Kari Stefansson of deCODE Genetics, whose company carried out the analysis. “It was very surprising to get this result for Jim.”

Watson won the Nobel prize, with Francis Crick and Maurice Wilkins, after working out the structure of DNA in 1953. However, he provoked an outcry earlier this year when he suggested black people were genetically less intelligent than whites.

Ha, Ha, Ha, Ha Ha!!! Who is the dumb African now?

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You should know about Khalil Bendib

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For more of Khalil Bendib’s cartoons, visit bendib.com.  On his website is a whole section of Black Cartoons – bendib.com/black.

Bendib is not only a cartoonist.  Here’s his bio from

kahniaArguably the most visible Muslim Arab fine artist working today in the USA, Mr. Bendib is a resident of Berkeley, CA who grew up in Morocco and Algeria and came to California at age 20 after receiving his Bachelor’s degree in Algiers.

After earning his Master’s at the University of Southern California in 1982, Khalil Bendib proceeded to become both political cartoonist and professional sculptor/ceramicist. In 1987, he worked as editorial cartoonist with the Gannett Newspapers, at the San Bernardino Sun, a position he later resigned to devote himself entirely to his career in the fine arts.

In 1994, Khalil Bendib completed his first major public monument, the “Alex Odeh Memorial Statue,” an over-life size bronze at the Orange County’s seat of government, honoring the regional director of Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee assassinated in his Santa Ana office in 1985, and followed that with “Ode To Diamond Bar,” a nine-foot leaping bronze cougar at the Summit Ridge public park in Diamond Bar, a suburb of Los Angeles.

Among his more recent public artworks, are the Deir Yassin Remembered Memorial Sculpture at the Hobart and Smith Colleges in Upstate New York (bronze on granite,) a 40 feet x40 feet mural for the Arab Cultural Center in San Francisco, (with two other artists,) a Venus and Mars bronze frieze in Walnut Creek, CA, and the GAIA Unveiled wall sculptures in downtown Berkeley. He was also artist-in-residence at the Legion of Honor Museum of Art in San Francisco, in the Rodin gallery, in 2002.

Mr. Bendib’s work has been exhibited and collected on five continents and it graces numerous businesses, homes and gardens in the United States and abroad.

For more on his art, visit www.studiobendib.com

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Reality TV: Big Brother Africa

I didn’t even know there was a Big Brother Africa…and they are on the third season. And…the prize is only $100,000, however that’s a lot of money in most African countries. If they showed this show in the states…on cable…I would watch. I think it would be interesting to see how African brothers and sistas deal with they type of reality show scenario.

The official website says…”The African continent has witnessed three successful BB versions since 2001. Big Brother South Africa, Big Brother Africa I and Big Brother Nigeria which saw lasting friendships being formed and romances blossomed. There was laughter, tears, emotion and intrigue. Showdowns and drama galore – but a whole heap of good times too. Continue reading

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