In the midst of celebrating Black history, an exhibit that pays tribute to the contemporary, sophisticated styles of urban Black gentleman opens for viewing. Entitled Dandy Lion: Articulating a Redefined Black Masculine Identity, the traveling showcase unveils photos that break the long-held assumption that the “Black dress code” among inner-city constituents is only bound by a uniform of baggy jeans, exposed boxers, white tees and fitteds— a prejudice that has often confined Black male figures to a particular scene and projected onto them a negative value system that doesn’t quite cut the cloth.
Of course the exhibit addresses this, specifically, how many within the African diaspora are fed up with the consistent replaying (read: bashing) of stereotypical images of Black men today. What all will find most enlightening, however, is its exploration of modern style; its reinvention and evolution since the early days of the “Black Dandy”, a style made popular the turn of the 20th century, by the Black beau who placed particular importance upon his physical appearance, style and aesthetics. Read more about the exhibit here.