I could always write about fashion, or at least what I don’t quite get about fashion. I could always take photos of my most recent outfit- an outfit that might not be glamorous or trendy to my peers- with my iPhone. My comfort is constant. I’m broke in the sense that I’m a college student, yes, but again, I’m a college student. My resources are abundant, I’m extremely lucky. I’m also extremely privileged.
Sure, I’m a woman. I have to endure sexism on a day to day basis, most of which is mild- I can’t show my nips on Instagram. But I’m privileged. I can walk into stores without employees scanning my every move for shoplifting; I’m confident that if a police officer pulls me over for reckless driving, I won’t be shot; I’m comfortable walking in public places without the constant threat of being judged for my skin color. When I get a job, I might be payed less than my male counterparts for equal amounts of work, but not as probably not as little as a black woman with my same job. And when I achieve something, people won’t accuse me of receiving handouts.
As a white ally lucky enough to be receiving a college education at a reputable university, it’s my duty to utilize my privilege in a way that benefits the wellbeing of others, that puts a stop to racism, prejudices, and hate. I have a voice, and I intend to use it.
So instead of spending today, Martin Luther King junior day, to blog about how I find fashion trends weird, I’ve decided to dedicate this Monday’s post to recommendations of some fantastic pieces composed by black artists.
I obviously missed out on a lot- I’m including the pieces that I’ve come across this past year- please, please feel free to comment with more recommendations!
Bad Feminist – Roxane Gay
My President was Black– Ta-Nehisi Coates
Between the World and Me– Ta-Nehisi Coates
The Fire Next Time– James Baldwin
A Seat at the Table– Solange
The Revolution Will not be Televised– Gil Scott-Heron (song)
We Got it from Here… Thank You 4 your Service– A Tribe Called Quest
Freetown Sound– Blood Orange
Film (I don’t watch too much television)
Selma– Ava Duvernay
Other Cool Things
Also, to keep some of the theme, I should probably look into more black designers/clothing brands, but in the meantime, here’s a list from Blavity.com: