Tag Archives: Afro punk

There’s a Circus in Brooklyn

Who doesn’t like a circus?  Especially when the circus eludes a world full of color, sights, mystical ventures, sounds and unique characters. Truly, I am speaking about a world of tight-rope walkers and unicyclists all of whom are fearless risk takers!  So in sum, Brooklyn Circus takes style to a level of individual, unique, creativity.   A sense of  “we are not all going to dress like the mannequin”.

I would say it’s a mixture of Afro-punk, urban influence, vintage and eclectic pieces.  Brooklyn Circus has a diverse team that works together to bring unique influences on the whole look of the Circus.   Located in San Fransisco,  New York, and Chicago, all are convenient hubs to catch all the moving demands for street wear and other fashions.  I would say that this circus is one full of artistic, detail-oriented, artists.  Check out their acts and creations:

Gentlemen of Style

Spike Lee is a fan.

Teamwork and creativity

All photos Courtesy of The Brooklyn Circus

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The Rise of the Black Hipster

Apparently the hipster designation is strictly a non-black territory. But as you know black people heed no limits when it comes to breaking into that arena and perhaps, wearing it even a little bit better. I think that Kanye West is the prime person who wears this style right. Upon discovery, of this style a statement was made: hence the embodying of the fashion by the black person has come to be know as “Blipster”- in refrence to New York Times. To tell you the truth, the article was quite offensive. It took the ignorant tone of “WHAT? A black person ordered sushi at the restaurant today and not chicken!” Written from a point that possessed a thick assumption and designation of what makes a black person. We all love chicken so why would we try sushi??

Here is my backlash to the assumption: So you say you are the real hippie. Real hippies lived the lifestyle, protests and all. You are just a remnant of what was once real. Accept it and let it just be style. It is no longer in it’s pure form so who says there is a copyright on the hippster image?? Black people can wear that too! Get real.

 The Assimilated Negro really indulged in a sarcastic lyrical piece that should wake the shame of that writer.  The greater disappointment , to me, was the fact that the NY Times itself could pass on such cheap shots and allow them to run on their paper. Jessica Pressler, the writer/trash talker of the article , went the extra mile to define that the “Blipster” likes rock and therefore, is impersonation the white man. Hey whose impersonating Hendrix?? Is this not the same as crowing black people into a category equivalent to the derogatory “wigga”. You be the judge. Black hipsters have their own support at Afropunk.  Big up to diversity. 

Anyhow, black people rock it when we want it and guarantee, we do it well: 

Afropunk tell them: 

Those other hippies can never grow a fro like that so they wear fake wigs. Whose copying who now???

Those other hippies can never grow a fro like that so they wear fake wigs. Whose copying who now???

 

Afro Punk Festival

Afro Punk Festival

Kanye West show them how it’s done: 

They don't know how great you wear it.

They don't know how great you wear it.

 

You never show up like a fake blip.

You never show up like a fake blip.

 

That's okay those other hippies can't afford Louis Vuitton.

That's okay those other hippies can't afford Louis Vuitton.

 

Glenn Staley and Kyle Mingo go beyond the cliched rapper style and recreate something new.

Glenn Staley and Kyle Mingo take hip hop and mix it to create a great twist. Call us "blipsters" but we recreate fabric.

Glenn Staley and Kyle Mingo take hip hop and mix it to create a great twist. Call us "blipsters" but we recreate fabric.

 

Kidz in the Hall. Hippster is hip hoppin’

Hippster-Hop with style

Hippster-Hop with style

 

The Knux are the new cool kids:

Cool Kids can actually play the instrument. Not a photo prop.

Cool Kids can actually play the instrument. Not a photo prop.

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