Ghana’s Grace Amey-Obeng, one of West Africa’s most successful businesswomen, made her fortune promoting products which emphasised the beauty of the black skin, at a time when many of her competitors were selling dangerous skin-bleaching formulas.
This is how I’ll always remember Whitney Houston, floating around in glitter with the voice of an angel.
Cinderella: It’s possible for a plain yellow pumpkin to become a golden carriage. It’s possible for a plain country bumpkin and a prince to join in marriage. Fairy Godmother: And four white mice are easily turned to horses Such fal de rah and fiddle dee dee of courses Quite possible! Both: It’s possible! Cinderella: For the world is full of zanies and fools who don’t believe in sensible rules and won’t believe what sensible people say. Both: And because these daft and dewey eyed dopes keep building up impossible hopes Impossible things are happening every day.
The inspiration for Steamfunk and Rococoa: A Black Victorian Fantasy derived from an event inspiration board that I came across online. The board, which featured an intriguing medley of metals, vintage artifacts, and African jewelry, was entitled “Afro-Steampunk,” and its description read, “If Erykah Badu and Sherlock Holmes had a wedding.” The visual juxtaposition of these unexpected sources of inspiration led me to delve into more research on the concept of Afro-Steampunk to see if this striking aesthetic could be found elsewhere. My search exposed me not only to more fascinating representations of Black and African aesthetics coalescing with the steampunk genre, but also to a unique set of politics and critiques associated with them.
Closing Credits Music produced by Briaan L. Barron
“If the hip-hop generation’s embrace of prep fashion signaled the style’s move from tradition to subversion, Black Ivy qualifies as post-subversion, the full-scale embrace of prep heritage filtered through an outsider’s lens.”
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