#NewMusicFriday: What You Need To Hear

Puppets (Succession Remix) – Pusha T x Nicholas Brittell

Push has dropped two singles this year with an album on the way. This one is more of a “bonus” as it features him rapping over the theme to the HBO show Succession. A verse from Push is always appreciated and this level of promo means the album is even closer.

Plan of Attack – Curren$y x Trademark x Young Roddy

Jet Life is in full effect for this collab project. And, being that these are THEE founders of the label you can expect their signature sound all over this album. Smooth. Jazz. Cruisin (and of course smoking) music. 

Wow…That’s Crazy – Wale

Wale has been quite active on Twitter lately and this album title ties into his thoughts perfectly. People have wanted music from him and now it’s here.

9 – Lil Kim

With all the debates of who the best female rapper going around Lil Kim is here to show why she’s in the conversation and let anyone who doesn’t know why she is know they’re missing out.

Twisted – French Montana ft Juicy J and Logic

Based on the fact Montana and Juicy J are on this track you can take a good guess at what it sounds like. However, the Logic feature…is something you’ll probably hate if you’ve been a longtime listener or even if you haven’t. Definitely one for the clubs and the only place for it.

Other Drops

AI Youngboy 2 – NBA Youngboy

Head In The Clouds 2 – 88 Rising

Big Stepper – Roddy Rich

Ego Check – Wyne feat. J.I.D

Golden Child – YK Osiris

We Mattered in ‘Joker’

Like most of the world I went to see Joker the day it was released. It lived up to all the praise it got in my eyes and I’m eager to see it again. Prior to its release there were individuals who felt we were under represented in the trailer and equally under represented in the movie itself too. This is true in terms of literal screen time BUT, our roles are quite pivotal to Arthur’s journey and transformation and I’m here to show you how. This goes without saying but SPOILERS AHEAD

Social Worker – The film opens with Arthur talking to this woman. He has several conversations with her however, their last one is perhaps the most impactful. She informs Arthur that they can no longer meet as the program she works for has been cut. Upon hearing this Arthur inquires how is he supposed to get his medication to which she has no answer. The situation is out of her hands as she tells him “They don’t give a shit about people like you, Arthur. And they don’t give a shit about people like me either.”

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Yet, Arthur also accuses her of not listening to him when he tells her of his troubles and this could represent how the mental health system is flawed. In 2019 we have multiple organizations that advocate and push the conversation in the right direction but in the 1981 when this film takes place that is not the case. The social worker perhaps does not even fully understand Arthur’s situation as she has no direct response to him writing “I just hope my death makes more sense than my life” in his journal. Instead, she goes into the generic “How does it feel to have to come here?” narrative after reading it aloud. 

Woman on Bus (and her son) – Following the social worker scene, we see Arthur in the midst of society. He is making funny faces at a woman’s young son which she does not approve of. Upon getting briefly chastised by her Arthur bursts into laughter because of his condition called the pseudobulbar affect or simply PBA. Naturally she is very surprised at this and he hands her a card explaining his condition to which she responds “I’m sorry”. One can only imagine how many times this situation has occurred in his life. Being that the very next time we see this occur it ends in tragedy and is the “first step” in Arthur’s transformation it is a direct contrast to show the difference in people this movie showcases. The woman feels sympathy for him as well as apologetic for how she treated him prior to. The men he meets on the subway mock his condition and antagonize him for it. 

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Carl (Arkham State Hospital Clerk) – Carl, played by Brian Tyree Henry only has one scene in this movie. But this one scene leads to Arthur discovering he is adopted which completed his transformation. This scene takes place in Arkham State Hospital (Arkham Asylum for all my comic book/video game readers) Carl senses something is off about Arthur when Arthur alludes to his murders and recommends Arthur see someone. This small moment of care shows that Carl represents an individual who sees Arthur from the outside and wants him to get better knowing that he cannot help carl at all as he is “just a clerk”. After releasing Arthur is the son of a former patient, he gets defensive of the file which results in Arthur stealing his mother’s records directly from Carl’s hands.  Had this exchange not occurred Arthur may have never learned the truth about his mother and his own origins – and thus would have never killed her. To theorize for a moment, the environment Carl is in at the hospital looks very dirty and the walls are yellow and the lighting is dim. However, at the end of the film and in flashbacks when Arthur is in this exact same location again the walls are white and the lighting is bright. Why would a change like this happen during the middle of the flow of time from the beginning to the end of the film? 

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Sophie – Sophie, played by Zazie Beetz is the epicenter of the biggest twist in the film. At first we see her and Arthur meet in the elevator which is semi awkward but cordial. He then begins stalking her which she confronts him about, but she does not seem to mind. Then, after Arthur murders the men in the subway, essentially feeling liberated he goes to her room and kisses her to which she happily accepts. We also see them on a date after she has attended his show which she enjoys. He confesses his murders to her to which again she approves of and supports. We later learn all these exchanges were actually hallucinations by Arthur.

Arthur’s love for Sophie shows that despite everything happening he wants human interaction and wants it at a romantic level. He seeks validation from others and wants them to understand that he has a purpose. He also wants them to support him through trials as he also hallucinates her being at the hospital with him the day his Mom gets there. She is the only person he’s close with outside of his mother in the movie however the irony is that his closeness is as far away as it could possibly be. 

Arkham Psychiatrist – This woman is the final person Arthur talks to at the end of the film and as far as the timeframe of the movie his final victim. The conversation between them begins with Arhtur laughing, much like his opening conversation with the social worker at the beginning of the film. At the beginning, Arhtur’s laughter is not questioned and one can assume it is due to his condition that is revealed shortly after this scene. At the end of the film, the psychiatrist asks him “What’s so funny?” as if she is either completely unaware of his condition or if this is genuine laughter from Arthur. This conversation also ties into the theory of whether the final (and other) moments of the film are real or not as Arthur’s response to her is “I was just thinking of a joke” which she further inquiries about to which he responds “No…you wouldn’t get it”. This woman shows a much greater interest in Arthur than the woman at the beginning of the film but this could be because she sees him as a case study – something she can learn about and not sympathize for. 

We have a few roles in Joker and this is fine. Truthfully, there are no major black characters within the Batman Universe overall except for the man who supplies him with most of his technology, Lucius Fox. So perhaps we are actually the most important figure in his life when it comes down to it. This film showcased us in multiple ways with each one playing a role that mattered in the grand scheme of things. And, it made BANK so like Denzel Curry said “I may be overlooked, but I’m never underpaid.” 

The 7 Wonders Of The Fashion World

For decades and decades, fashion has always been one of the artistic expressions that truly showed one’s personality. There have been people who have altered the industry with their vision, collections that shifted how we wear pieces, and so forth. I sat for awhile and thought of some fashion moments and people that were monumental in the fashion world — people I’ve looked up to starting my career in fashion, moments that made me glad I was in this industry, and people who your kids’ kids will know.

1. Michele Lamy

The iconic French fashion, designer, and art icon. With her famous black dipped fingers, rare jewelry pieces, and all gold grillz, Michèle Lamy isn’t hard to miss. As the muse and wife of designer Rick Owens, Lamy has been the fashion world’s best kept secret. Her unique style of clothing (mostly Rick Owens and RAF Simons pieces) is what makes her a stand out. Pairing streetwear with avant-garde to give off a “goth priestess” aesthetic. Since 1990, Lamy has been a working force behind many brands and people such as Rick Owens, Lamyworld, A$ap Rocky, and many more. Rocky has been quoted saying “Hardly anyone knows how important you have been behind the scenes for my career. You did not just design my album covers, you took me to art fairs and showed me the art world.” Seeing Lamy’s style for the first time had taken me aback since I first got wind of her back in ’08 when I started developing my career in fashion. She was so unique and confident — mixing menswear with women’s wear so effortlessly to make a new style of fashion. 

2. Andre Leon Talley

Former fashion editor at large at Vogue magazine, current close friend of Anna Wintour, and world renown fashion journalist Andre Leon Talley. Known for his open opinions on fashion and impeccable way of speaking and making women feel beautiful, ALT has been shifting the fashion industry since 1974. My first time connecting with ALT was via television on America’s Next Top Model where he was a judge for three cycles. As one of the few people back in the day to push designers to have more Black models in their shows, Talley always made it his mission to help advance our people in fashion — something we had very little of back in the day. For this reason, Mr. Talley will always be someone I thank because if it wasn’t for Black men like him, Black women like myself and the rest of the Glossē team wouldn’t be able to be here. 

3. Chanel 1983

The first Chanel show produced by the late Karl Lagerfeld and the collection that everyone remembers from Chanel. To this day, this collection seems to resurface in many ways in fast fashion. Prior to Lagerfeld coming to Chanel, the fashion house had a few mishaps in the design department — which made this collection all the more iconic. Pushing womenswear behind the limits of what society would allow, Coco Chanel and Lagerfeld evolved the fashion house into what we know it as today. Pantsuits, knee length skirts, shoulder pads, a-line dresses, two piece matching skirt and blazer set is what made this most recreated. Giving the modern woman a powerful yet sensual look is something Karl knew how to do perfectly. During my early 20’s, I created most of the looks during job interviews or even in everyday life to show my business woman side on a daily basis. 

5. Thierry Mugler

The love of my life, Mugler. The icon. The bar that everyone strives to meet in avant-garde fashion. Mugler is known for his bed the top, robotic, sensual, disproportionate style of designs. After leaving fashion in 2002, Mugler’s designs became untouchable and “locked in a vault”… unless your name is Beyoncé. In 2009, he worked with Queen Bey to create her costumes for her “I Am… World Tour”. After a few more quiet years, Mugler started making noise in the scene again once Cardi B wore his vintage designs to the 2019 Grammy’s and designed a new dress for Kim Kardashian. What drew ,e towards Mugler’s designs were the risqué shapes and how much they celebrated the women’s body. Making women to be other worldly, beautiful creatures in his costumes, he celebrated women’s sexuality in an artistic style that will continue to go down as a one of a kind fashion house.

5. Yeezy

Despite what the world is discussing about Kanye right now, I have to say, Yeezy came in and changed the fashion game — whether you want to admit it or not. How many people saw Yeezy season 1 come out and questioned their fashion taste? The slouching sweaters, oversized boots, intentional ripped holes in shirts, Yeezy had everyone going through a fashion frenzy but what we didn’t know was that he created the trend for all fashion houses for the next 4 years. Neutral colors, sweats paired with heels, body hugging/high waisted leggings and sweats for women. We made fun of Yeezy when it first came out because we were just exiting the era of tumblr where snapbacks was the main accessory. Over the years we came to realize that this era of “cozy” would last longer than expected and even begin to take over major fashion houses such as Rick Owens, RAF Simons, Chanel, Balenciaga; this trend also led to many dormant brands resurrecting like Champion, Fila, and Reebok. We all started dressing like 40 something year old white dads and haven’t looked back since.

6. The Met Gala

With hopes of being invited one day, I watch the Met Gala red carpet every year, as a matter of fact it’s a holiday in my house. Met Gala Monday is the time where every a-list celebrity pulls out… or is supposed to… their best haute couture looks to match the theme of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Costume Institute host a fundraising dinner. Held on the first Monday of May, the Met is home to many fashion formalities and faux pas. Until I walk those marvelous stairs to enter the event, I will join the rest of my peers in the judging room where we decide who has followed the theme this year and who let us down. The twitterverse has declared Rihanna as mother of the Met as she always is on theme and shocks the world with her red carpet look — specifically her 2016 mustard yellow Guo Pei dress. It’s fashion’s biggest single day in history. I mean, we all look forward to the Met Gala and those attending spend 6+ months preparing for it. So it’s safe to say this event will continue to be the leading fashion event for years to come. 

7. Anna Wintour

Last but not least, the woman who inspired my alias under and who inspired me to get into fashion journalism, Ms. Anna Wintour. Known as the editor in chief of Vogue, Wintour holds the titled for one of the biggest names in fashion. Her constant support for diversity and young designers has made Wintour the most respected woman in fashion. With her signature bob haircut and oversized dark sunglasses that she rarely removes, Wintour is THE reason Glossē exists now. Because her personality is so hardcore and demanding, people have speculated that Meryl Streep’s character in The Devil Wears Prada was supposed to be a loose adaptation of Wintour. Although those rumors were debunked, it’s still funny to watch Devil Wear Prada and imagine Miranda as Anna. Anna’s reign in Vogue has moved Vogue to be the most sought after magazine especially the September cover. While at Vogue has been a major change. From the models on the cover to the writers, Vogue has expanded on their pillar to make diversity a priority. As for Anna, I’d like to personally thank her for paving the way for other female editor in chiefs in fashion such as myself.

#NewMusicFriday: What You Need To Hear

Another night of variety. Let’s get into it.

Over It – Summer Walker

This is easily the most anticipated album of the night. With an already iconic album cover and a intersting viral interview Summer Walker’s album rollout has been a great one. As the fall approaches music like this sets the tone for the cooler coming months.

uknowhatimsayin¿ – Danny Brown

Sporting a new look and a new show Danny is here to continue his comeback. The singles have been unique both audio and visual wise and the full album should continue the trend. Easily the most unique project out of all the choices we have today

Highest in the Room – Travis Scott

Much like the “Drop AstroWorld” comments that flooded Travis’ mentions last year the “Drop Highest in the Room” ones have taken its place this year. The single has finally arrived along with physical versions with multiple covers and versions to choose from. Many speculate this could be the lead single for a solo project or a compilation project for his label.

Indigo (Extended Edition) – Chris Brown

10 new songs added on to the already 32 track long album.

Euphoria: The Official Score – Labrinth

The soundtrack to the most popular show of the summer has officially arrived. Scored by Labrinth, the sounds and pulses of the show can now be enjoyed and relived anytime you want. Perfect studying/working music

Other Releases

Big Booty – Gucci Mane feat. Meg Thee Stallion

EARFQUAKE (Remix) – Channel Tres

Truth Is – Sabrina Claudio

El Negreeto – Akon

Bandit – Juice WRLD & NBA YoungBoy

Superstar – Majid Jordan

Alone – Dave East feat. Jacquees

 

 

Most Wanted Trends: Winter 2020

Who would’ve ever thought 2020 would creep among us so quickly? And,  who would’ve ever thought the jurisdictions of fashion would reach far beyond the traditional guidelines of themes and forecasting? We are now entering into an era where practicality within the realm of ready to wear is no more. We are now in living in a space where dimensions collide within the fashion world — Avant Garde is becoming the new Street Style. The rules to what was once considered “fashionable” is now liberal. Individuals are free to roam the streets in garments that are androgynous, original and gives cosplay a new name. Wear what you want, but keep it bundled.. here are my favorite trends for Winter 2020: 

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Diversity And Inclusion: Fashion’s Favorite Buzzwords

How many times have you heard “diversity” and “inclusion” when it comes to the fashion industry in 2019 alone? This year major fashion companies made it their mission to be diverse and include the rest of the world into their prestigious circle because, well, segregation is wrong. Shocker.

I’ve worked in the fashion industry since I was 16 years old. I’m no stranger to sabotage some of the tastemakers in fashion tend to do to Black people so as I sit here today reading Kerby Jean-Raymond’s letter to the publication Business of Fashion, I cry tears of joy. To read his letter, click here.

For decades, Black people have fought tooth and nail to be accepted into fashion and art. We watched as many white and white passing people have mocked and shamed us then stole our work. We sat back while we were used to fill a diversity quota in these large, white, spaces. They screamed “inclusion” and stole our work. They said “diverse” and underpaid us. We sat back and we watched, powerlessly. As they made themselves look good, we worked tirelessly to try to make a name for ourselves.

While we make them look good and share our ideas with them, they’re taking notes. They’re always taking notes on us, on our lingo, on our style, on our trends. We are the trendsetters. We are the visionaries and they know this so what do they do? Create an alternative agenda. Similar to what they did to Kerby. They invite us in as though we’re being recognized and celebrated then the mask comes off. We get blindsided and humiliated. So how do we fight back? How do we stop making diversity and inclusion just meaningless buzzwords? We do what Kerby did. Take the power back.

We use the platform we’ve built and network with people who look like us. We sit at the tables where our neighbors share the same hue as us. We take our power back. We hold them accountable. We continue to create spaces for our people. We don’t allow them to let this happen again. So thank you Kerby for using you voice to share you experience and unmasking the truth; holding BOF accountable for their actions and rooting for the people who look like you.

Letter from Glossē Magazine EIC @amaniwintour

#NewMusicFriday: What You Need To Hear

[THIS SPACE RESERVED FOR JESUS IS KING – KANYE WEST WHEN/IF IT DROPS]

 Kirk – DaBaby

DaBaby’s last album was in a lot of people’s rotation at the top of this year and he looks to ensure he ends the year the same way. AFter multiple features and landing a XXL Freshman spot – and a feature with Lil Nas X, this is his time to prove himself. With “INTRO” discussing everything he’s experienced up to this point we’ll see if the rest of the album carries the same weight.

HERstory in the Making – Young M.A.

Some would say Young M.A fell off but that’s not true at all. As many like to quote “Chess not checkers” After blowing up in 2016 with “OOOUU” and dropping a batch of singles this year and last and an EP she’s now here with her debut album. If her freestyle on Hot 97 is any indicator, this is definitely not one to miss.

Other Drops

Slide – H.E.R feat. YG

I’m Him – Kevin Gates

Writing on the Wall – French Montana ft. Cardi B & Post Malone

The 90s, Art and Nostalgia: An Interview With Christian Dior

I think we can all agree that our childhoods were the best part of our lives. And, for many of us one of the largest parts of our childhood were the cartoons we watched. These characters were ones we grew up with and when we see them now the nostalgia comes flooding back. Enter artist Christian Dior who takes these characters we all know and love and puts his own spin on them that is equally as recognizable as the character themselves.

Christian’s beginnings in art holds a special place in his heart as it has a direct connection to his family. “I believe that it was my father who first got me into art. When he was locked up, he use to sketch different superheroes and villains in a composition notebook that he kept. I guess that sparked my interest into the art world and then from then my father taught my brother how to draw then my brother taught me.” In addition to this, he’s also been an entrepreneur since middle school. Along with his brother, they had a business called Fresh 2 Death Customs in which they customized shoes and clothing. He also expanded this to the digital front long before it was commonplace, designing people’s MySpace profiles and profile pictures. Later after this Christian had a pretty big break that only motivated him even more. “My very first art sale was from Bryson Tiller. He had bought 21 paintings from me and 2 shirt designs that I made. I think that experience made me want to take art a little more serious because I was always told with perusing art, you’ll never make money, it’s a waste of time, etc. which isn’t true.”

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Christian depicts iconic girls (and Angelica’s Mom) from our childhood in the style of THE most iconic picture of Cam’ron.

Christian’s unique style is what makes his work stand out. Often set against a black or color coordinating background the characters have a black outline with colors that pop off the canvas. You’re likely to see his version of one of your favorite childhood characters in his work ranging from the classics to more underrated characters. But, chances are you’ll find them stylized in a way that’s equally familiar as it is unfamiliar. “For the longest I would love to paint popular 90’s cartoon characters in scenes from my favorite 90’s hood films like Juice, Menace II Society and Paid in Full. I just remember when I first started out that is what first made me go viral in the first place so I just decided that I was going to keep doing paintings like this and people just stared to recognize my artwork from this art style.”

“I think one of the main reasons why I paint characters from my childhood is because the 90’s were lit. I believe that the 90’s has some of the best cartoons out ever. The cartoons that are displayed on television now don’t even compare. I simply have them displayed in my artwork because they are something that I am familiar with and brings me back to a time where I was happy and didn’t really a care in the world. I also display them in my artwork because I want my work to have that sense of nostalgia. I want people to see my artwork have it bring them back to the time where cartoons were amazing.” Christian’s words sum up his art perfectly. On any given post on his Instagram you’ll find Penny Proud, Suzie Carmichael, The PowerPuff Girls and many more. However, for some of these you may find them wearing something you recognize from a completely different show or movie entirely. This is because Christian has drawn them in a mashup style which is “basically the artist taking one character and designing them to look like another. The way that I decide on which characters that I want to use in these types of paintings all comes down to which characters have similarities.” One of my favorites in which he does this is combining Riley Freeman and Killmonger. “With the Riley Freeman as Killmonger paintings, it was easy for me to come up with that Idea because Riley Freeman displays all the characteristics of Killmonger with his attitude, hairstyle and even just the way that he thinks.” 

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Christian depicts Huey and Riley Freeman as Black Panther and Killmonger

If you’ve gotten this far in the article you more than likely recognize Christian’s work. His pieces have gone viral more than once and someone you know has probably sent you one of his pieces and said something along the lines of “I thought you’d like this” Christian recalls the first time he went viral as an “exciting experience”. “I remember posting my artwork on Twitter, then the next day waking up to so many notifications and followers to the point that I had to turn my phone off because it was overheating. I always tell myself that the experience of me going viral for the first time couldn’t have happened at a better time. I am grateful that it happened, and it really made my business take off.” Y’all know when people say “Twitter do your thing” right? Sometimes Twitter does it all on its own. “Going viral with my artwork is a regular occurrence on my Twitter page. That’s why I would probably say out of all the social platforms that I have; I believe Twitter is the best just because your artwork can get around easier just by a simple retweet.” Christian is a direct example of how we are truly in a digital age. Social Media makes everything spread faster and in this case it’s bringing happiness to people and business to his passion. 

 Like most creative endeavours, art is something that takes time. Creating it takes time. Gaining a following with it takes time. Making money with it takes time.  But if it’s your passion you know all these things are part of the process. “I decided that I was going to just sell the artwork that I had already in my possession and hope for the best. I can admit that at first it was very stressful and there were times that I wanted to give up because it wasn’t as consistent as I wanted it to be, but every time I had got a new order it would always boost my confidence and just make me want to go harder.” 

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Christian combines different era Power Rangers with their color scheme counterparts from DragonBall Z and Super.

Christian has already put in years of work but he’s not stopping anytime soon. “I always told myself that I either wanted to create my own cartoon characters in hopes of one day having it get displayed on television or to create my own clothing line. I still want to do these two ideas, especially having my own cartoon characters because I would create more that are African American.” Representation of our people in a positive light, especially in animation is something we need more of. Spider-Verse was definitely a huge step forward but there is still progress to be made. When our children see these characters they should feel inspired and represented. “I guess my ultimate goal would be just to inspire up and coming artist to never give up and continue to keep putting artwork out in the world that you love without anyone criticism.”

Christian has words for the next generation too saying, “The advice I would give up and coming artist reading this would be to never give up on something that you are passionate about.” This takes on a different level for him personally as he not only changed his major in college from art to political science but quit art all together because of the opinion of his art professor – who failed him too. “…Never stop doing something that you love just because someone told you that they don’t like it. As long as you like your work, that’s all that really matters.” 

You can follow Christian on Twitter and Instagram and purchase his artwork here

 

Kanye’s Sunday Service: An Advocation

Kanye West. In 2019, hearing this name can cause a wealth of emotions, opinions, thoughts, takes etc to come to mind. People have a strong stance on this man or they could care less. I’m here to talk to the former and I’m here to talk to y’all about Sunday Service.

Let’s start with an (obvious) fact: The Gospel influence/usage is nothing new. So let’s stop with that narrative right now. The Christian based lyrics and thought process is also nothing new. The remixing secular songs to have a spiritual meaning is nothing new – especially to those of us who grew up in the church. Kanye among other tracks, has done with his own song “Fade” at Coachella swapping in “Your love is favor/ We feel His favor” for the songs original sample. This month he’s done the same with hits like “Sicko Mode” and even “Grindin” – capturing two generations with the same technique and message. This is seen as corny by some and while this is understandable for some aspects of specific songs it does NOT change the fact that the lyrics are uplifting to God. 

We all remember “Jesus Walks” and the impact it had. We all remember “Ultralight Beam” and it’s unforgettable features from Chance, Kirk Franklin and Kelly Price. Jump to 2018 and these spiritual themes can be most recently found on his collaborative project with Kid Cudi, KIDS SEE GHOSTS. From the victoriously confident hook of “Freeee (Ghost Town Prt. 2)” to the equally victorious yet subdued hook of “Reborn” The last line on the album (that is repeated) is “Lord, shine Your light on me, save me, please”  a fitting closer to an album centered around turning to God for help with mental stability. As this echoes in our ears we know that Kanye needs help. He wants help from God. But is there something wrong with his way of seeking help?

The most popular word on social media I’ve seen used to describe Kanye’s Sunday Service is “cult”. One definition of this word is “a system of religious veneration and devotion directed toward a particular figure or object.” Is this not what church is? This word is used because people’s main argument is that “people are only there for Kanye” when in reality Kanye’s presence during the actual performances is at a minimal level. Majority of the time the choir is led by Jason White who does lead singing. Yes, the original video that went viral shows Kanye chopping a classic Fred Hammond song but this is not how the entire performance goes. In other (less popular) videos Kanye is usually seen just sitting enjoying the music until his cue to perform a few songs in addition to chopping samples on the keyboard. Or, most recently, to give a testimony.  Kanye has always been a coraller, an orchestrator if you will. He likes bringing musically talented people together and showcasing their work. He has no issues giving anyone credit for their contribution to a larger picture. In addition, originally Sunday Service was invite only but now has progressed to a pop up show completely open to the public – with no admission fee. Also, the various choir members, dancers and instrumentalists are all seen in very monochromatic often loose fitting clothes which some call “rags”. This is simply the standard for Kanye’s clothing line. Traditionally, all members of a choir wear the same robe like garment too.

At this point, there are those who have been anti Kanye for years and those who have left him recently. And of course, the ones who…Wouldn’t Leave. Those who have always been anti Kanye more than likely never listened to his music (outside of “Stronger”) and have let the media form their opinion of him. Others more than likely made their decision last year after ALL the things he said and did. Both of these groups often quote tweet Sunday Services performances and share their weekly take on the situation to which many of the followers agree with which results in it raking in retweets and likes. On the other side however others often quote these tweets and share an opposite opinion usually along with a fact about Kanye’s career. These arguments spring up every Sunday afternoon and usually Monday morning too. They fade out during the week (outside of those who retweeted late) and then the cycle starts again. 

If you’re so fed up with him why do you continue to talk about him?

With his album Jesus is King dropping allegedly one week from today on the 27th of September it may seem like Sunday Service was the promo run for it. The 12 song tracklist (which could change knowing Kanye) features song titles like “Sweet Jesus” “God Is” “Through The Valley” and other religiously connected titles. As with Sunday Service, many people view this is as his attempt to “win back” the Black Community by using something we all are familiar with in some capacity – Christianity. The only thing is that he does not need to win anyone back because of the status he has already reached as a person. Remember when his last album went #1 and all seven songs on it were in the Top 40 after he was “cancelled”? No matter what Kanye does people will listen to the music to enjoy, critique, disapprove of, bash or whatever else they choose. However, at the same time, numbers do not matter to him as he said “…the devil had me chasing a gold statue, had me chasing cars, had me chasing numbers … the power of God cannot be calculated by a number, a first week sale…”

Personally, I have no issues with Sunday Service. People are coming together, people are praising God and doing it through song and dance. The music being played sounds good and is uplifting and positive and nothing negative has happened at any of these Sessions. No, it is not a “traditional” church service. There are pastors who share a message at some sessions, typically the ones at the pop up locations or most recently actual churches. Otherwise, the experience is more akin to a “Worship Night” where music is the focus. The only revenue is from the merchandise sold there which is overpriced but this is nothing new for Kanye. And, just because an announcement about the money being donated to a foundation or organization is not made does not mean it’s not happening. 

Because of the general consensus about Kanye right now or rather the majority of his career,  many look to condemn pretty much everything he does. They do not see any positive aspects to it and chalk up to him being “egocentric” or “an idiot”. Social media makes takes of this type even more popular as those with the mob mentality adopt it without ever pressing play on his music. At the end of the day, Kanye is an artist. And, like multiple artists, things that he has said outside of the booth have not been good for his career. This is why he turns to music to address these matters like he did with My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and ye.  Although the approach for these albums was quite different they still served as the response or as some put it the “apology” for his recent behavior. However, they both also served as therapy for his mental state, his conscious and his general well being. Sunday Service serves this same purpose however he is fully turning to God to achieve this exhaling while encouraging others to do the same. This approach is different as it allows us to see it happening in real time and partake in it however we see fit. Kanye explained the title of his last album ye by saying “I believe “ye” is the most commonly used word in the Bible, and in the Bible it means “you”. So I’m you, I’m us, it’s us. It went from Kanye, which means “the only one,” to just Ye…” This is a theme of unification which is the most prominent aspect of Sunday Service – celebration together, worshipping together and fellowshipping together. We all go through things and we all need healing from them. Music is healing, and of course God heals anything and everything. As humans, our only obligation is to sing His praises as a thank you for His grace in doing this. This is what Kanye wants to do and have others do with him.

“Let’s not be concerned with the opinions of men at all. Only the opinion of God. I know we say this is the culture or that is the culture. To be radically in service to Christ is the only culture that I want to know about.”                                                                                                                                                                                                         – Kanye West

Giorgio Armani To Be Honored At The Fashion Awards 2019

Chairman and CEO of the Armani Group, Giorgio Armani will be honored at this year’s Fashion Awards for the Outstanding Achievement Award. Armani’s name has been a household name in the fashion world for quite sometime: Giorgio Armani, Emporio Armani, and A/X Armani Exchange collections.

Caroline Rush CBE, Chief Executive, commented: “We are thrilled to be honouring Giorgio Armani with the Outstanding Achievement Award. With more than four decades in the business, Mr Armani’s contribution to the fashion industry is indeed outstanding. Renowned for his timeless vision of style and the brands’ ability to stay relevant, he has led the way where other brands have followed. We look forward to celebrating with him in London in December.”

Outside of fashion, Armani has been involved in many humanitarian efforts including UNICEF and Green Cross. The designer has also held awards for his sociological impact with Solomon R. Guggenheim and awards for Award for Best International Designer, Lifetime Achievement Award for Menswear, Art and Fashion from the CFDA and the first Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Award which makes him the perfect recipient for this year’s Outstanding Achievement Award.

According to BFC, “The Outstanding Achievement Award celebrates the overwhelming creative contribution of an individual to the fashion industry, who throughout their illustrious career has constantly shaped and reshaped the fashion world through their innovation and creativity.” A few people who you may recognize hold this title including Miuccia Prada, Ralph Lauren KBE, Karl Lagerfeld, Dame Anna Wintour, Terry and Tricia Jones and Manolo Blahnik.

This year’s awards will be held on Monday December 2, 2019 in London.