Should we really be mad at H&M?

 

The internet is still buzzing about the debate on “whether its moral to shop H&M or not” after their recent incident of insensitive culturalism. In the beginning of January 2018,there was a photograph released on the Europe’s H&M website that projected a little African-American boy wearing a green hoodie that said “The Coolest Monkey in the Jungle”. Yes, clearly this is something that would piss off anyone of color for several reasons;

1) Who in their right mind would allow something like this and think it wouldn’t be recognized?

2) What was the mother really thinking when she allowed her son to have photos taken in that hoodie? As the mother has clearly stated that we are the ones starting the conflict as far as linking the two main factors together.But does she have a point?

Fashion has seen its wide share of culturalism that umbrellas into different categories. Lets not forget that back in the 90’s, Tommy Hilfiger was “disappointed that the urban demographic took us away from our roots. He also stated that if he had it to repeat history, he would “stick to my heritage and not chase trends.” Even in the brands we rap and sing about or listen to in our songs, little do people know that these designers actually not keen for being displayed off the backs of our people of color. Here are a few examples of a few designers who share this same perspective.
Michael Kors- “I’m tired of pretending I like blacks…Just for the sake of a sale I have to deal with women like Nicki Minaj? I’d rather not. After all my fans made me money, It’s only fair I be honest and let them know how I really feel… I cant stomach the thought of my Michael Kors purses being stuffed with synthetic hair, weave or what ever else my fans are into.”
Marc Jacobs-“all who cry ‘cultural appropriation’ or whatever nonsense about any race of skin color wearing their hair in a particular style or manner – funny how you don’t criticize women of color for straightening their hair”
Ralph Lauren-Who dressed up old photographs of deceased legendary Native Americans in their new collection for their 2014 Holiday Collection
Adidas-Not only was the founder of Adidas a well known Neo-Nazi, the brand collaborated with Jeremy Scott to design a sneaker that resembles shackles along the ankles

This list can go on, but is the message sincerely clear? Coming from the perspective of a woman of color who she too has seen both sides (consumer and producer) of the fashion industry, it’s safe to say that NO! We shouldn’t be too angry about this H&M story. Yes,it’s wrong and unfair to see or witness, but until we stop shopping in stores or purchasing brands that have been representing racism and cultural appropriation in the name of “flossing”, we cannot just stop shopping in one store. As a group of passionate leaders and trend setters(which by the way, EVERYONE should strive to be), let’s support labels and brands that come from people of color such as Martine Rose, B Michael, Narciso Rodriguez, Oscar De La Renta, Stella Nolasco, etc. We have the power to determine what we represent and Put on our backs. As a whole, we need to stop picking and choosing which stories are ok to go overboard with and trend online when we are still rocking Timberlands like the tree had no significance to slavery or manifest destiny.

But you don’t have to take my word for it, look it up for yourselves.

 

The Artistry “Street Edition” Cypher with Joe The Poet, Joe Smizzy, Win, Kony Brooks

After their interview, V-Henny decided to get a cypher going with 4 different styles of Hip Hop Artists. Since the interview was located in The Bronx and each artist is from The Bronx, V-Henny felt that it would be a great idea to have each Hip Hop artist lyrically rhyme to the instrumental song “Off The Books’ by The Beatnuts. Keeping the culture of The Bronx.

Hip Hop Artist

1. Joe The Poet

2. Joe Smizzy

3. Win

4. Kony Brooks

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The Artistry “Streets Edition” with Kony Brooks

V-Henny Speaks with Kony Brooks in the new series of The Artistry “The Streets Edition”. Kony speaks about what he does for the Hip Hop culture by be an uplifting lyricist , running an after school program educating those that didn’t have the opportunity to be educated within the music culture. He explains the difference between a lyricist and an Hip Hop artist that can compose a song. He talks about his interest and watching the scene with battle rap and maintaining a raw aggressive nature to keep his craft alive. Watch more of Kony Brooks.

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The Artistry “Streets Edition” with JoeThePoet

V-Henny speaks to JoeThePoet about his roots on where he came from and about how he started writing Poetry at an young age. He then converted his  poetry into Hip Hop Music in which he speaks about his emotions. Joe also speaks about his new video “Depression” how it all ties down to his personal life of him being an artist in the industry. Joe speaks about The struggles that are dealt with, from  parents, overcoming the bigger picture as an artist and telling the youth to never give up on their dreams and more.

 

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The Indie Playlist


The Indie Playlist (4-23-17)

ManiTheMogul – Charlie (Break Down)
Kwoat – Toast
B Morgan ft Al Gzz- SNAPCHAT
Jennifair – Sugar
Ju$$- B – InstaFamous
The Silent Celeb – Quote Me
Panda Bwoy – Just Friends
Michelle Singz – Cloud 9
Leon Marin – Glorious
Jayson Johnson – Victory Lap
Stroudie – Luke Cage
Haddy Racks – Throw Sut’n


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Interview: Haddy Racks

V-Henny and Big Bert interview New York’s own Haddy Racks. Haddy talks about dealing with success, being approachable, the indie artist grind, why some artists don’t believe in their own music, his growth and struggles as an artist, standing out as a New York rapper who SOUNDED like a NY artist in a time when everyone new from NY sounded like they were from the South, and many more topics.


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The Indie Playlist

The Indie Playlist ( 4-16-17)


Haddy Racks – Throw Sut’n
SEDA – Fuck Your Love
ManithemoguL- Charlie (Break down)
Panda Bwoy – Just Friends
Kwoat – Toast
Jayson Johnson- Victory Lap
Leon Marin – Glorious
The Silent Celeb- Funny
Joe Smizzy- SideChick
Drew Splash – 1000 Kisses
Alonzo Fury- Triumph Theme
Steph Lamonte – Feeling Me’
X-YLE – This Year
Ju$$ B – InstaFamous


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