Posts Tagged ‘art’

Inspired: Richard Oakes & Native American Style


For the lack of a better term, I like how Google keeps us "woke" whether we like it or not. I don't know whose idea it was to start changing the look of everyday, giving us both new art and new knowledge, but I appreciate it m'am or sir… thanks. Today they shined light on "chief" Richard Oakes. 

Born in New York in 1942 and died (murdered) in California in 1972 at the young age of 30. Richard Oakes, A man with great presence and focus on celebrating his heritage,  is known for creating one of the first Native American studies departments in the nation, and leading an occupation of Alcatraz Island in the late 1960s. He wanted a Native Peace Corps, a national Native university, and a confederacy of Native nations able to defend and expand upon their status as free, independent nations. I hope all his dreams will still come into fruition. 

My great grandfather is Native American, so I've always been interested in the Native culture. For nearly a decade now, since my teens, I've been integrating Native prints into my style both through clothing and decor. I'm not the only one though, many American designers like Ralph Lauren consistently draw inspiration from the Native American culture. The colors, prints, and styles connect us all with these native lands so it's easy to see why it's so loved. If you'd like to add a few pieces to your wardrobe check out the selection below. Also, If you want to learn more about contemporary Native American activism, check it out via the Zinn Education Project, here


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Friday Vibes: Yo-Yo Ma, Thou Shall Prosper, and Ties


An Urban Gentleman must read, acquiring knowledge is key

As a kid I listened to Jazz music, Classical music sounded, well, spooky and scary for some reason. These days, I find myself listening to classical music just about every morning. I especially appreciate the cello… today was no different. Yo-Yo Ma's Unaccompanied Cello Suite No.1 played in the background as I finally finished the list of my next books to read. A.G Gaston's book was on the the list and a few similar reads will accompany it. I just re-listened to Thou Shall Prosper for the 2nd time, a book I recommend for those who would like to wisely acquire wealth using Biblical principles.  

Yo-Yo Ma

We'll compliment the music with ties, just to keep things classy, see below:

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ATLANTA STYLE: The Rise of Sneaker Culture, High Museum of Art



“Wait… I sneaker exhibit at The High?!” That was the general reaction when people learned that Atlanta's finest museum would have a bunch of rubber-soled athletic shoes on display this summer. The concept intrigued me so I made plans to go opening night, and I must say it was quite the experience.


As I walked up to the High Museum of Art it seemed as if I had entered into an alternate universe or atleast onto the set of a movie… “Panda… Panda Panda Panda”. Are they playing Future, I mean, Desiigner? Bro… seriously, what's going on here?!  I had never seen so much hip-hop flavor at my neighborhood museum. You see I go to The High quite often, just about once a week or so. And while I’ve definitely experienced lots of music, people, and dancing in the courtyard of The High, I’d never seen this before. It was like a high-end, fancy HBCU cookout where dress code required sneakers valued no less than $300..



Dali, China.

photos by MR.CHEN
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