If you haven't heard by now, we’re celebrating the good old days, specifically the 1940’s. Throughout the development of this project, people kept asking me “why the 1940’s?” Well here's why.
All the things that make us who we are started with wisdom from people before us. Traditions that pass on are the ingredients that make up our gentility. Our DNA is the practices that we’re familiar with. Our genes have superstitions that allow us to relate and understand one another. It's the way we connect even if we’ve never met. The conglomerate of our greatness started somewhere. It started the second our freedom allowed us to express ourselves in our skin. We declared our pride in our music, our style, and the entirety of our aestheticism. It started in the 1940’s. It is the era black culture was born.
Photographer, Brandon Thomas Brown, and stylist Amanda Moore-Karim of LUXYHAUS Magazine helped me bridge old to the new. The Cultured series is important because it’s an untold story. Everyone should understand their roots and this series gives us a way to start.