Wednesday, November 2, 2016

My Halloween look: In Honor of The Black Panthers

     2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther Party for self defense. The revolutionary and even controversial group was founded in Oakland, California in 1966 and soon went national, with chapters in major cities across the U.S. What started as an organization to protect Black people from the police who often terrorized us, became a phenomena. At one point the org became bigger than itself, with divides among each other and of course the government trying to tear them apart. The documentary film "The Black Panthers: The Vanguard of The Revolution" premiered at The Sundance Film Festival Last Year and was aired publicly on PBS earlier this year. BeyoncĂ© Knowles caused a stir in the media by paying homage to The Black Panthers during her super bowl halftime performance. So, naturally, one can assume the Black Panther costumes are coming this year. I am not the only one who payed homage this Halloween, but here is my very simple look:

   From head-to-toe this look is very #UOonYou. My complete outfit is brought to you by Urban Outfitters. A Black Beret, A Silence + Noise bomber jacket, The BDG High Rise Seam Jean, an Out From Under Bodysuit, and my Matte Black Doc Marten Boots of course. and I complete it with LimeCrime Black Velvet Matte Lipstick, also from UO.

Dressed in all white

   This weekend I visited my Great-Grandmother for her 80th birthday celebration. It was an elegant all white affair she had been preparing for for months, held in a large hall of her local church filled with friends and family members. Beautiful Black folks in all white. Originally I had a short white lace high-neck lose fitting dress that I wasn't too fond of, I brought that along with another little white dress from Forever21 that was alright. Upon arrival I still was not the most confident in my outfit for the celebration. The next day my great grandmother showed me a long flowy sheer dress her daughter originally had to wear for the event but was too small. It was great on me and only needed to be taken in at the sides. It was miraculous. A few weeks before the trip my great grandmother gave me a call and asked that I wear a head wrap the way that I have styled them before, and it had to be white. So I bought a yard of white satin fabric for only $3. This look came together effortlessly, to finish it off the jewelry is her own and I bought the shoes last minute from Payless.


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