Bearded Dapper Gents: Changing the Narrative and Perception of Black Men [a reblog]

Have you ever googled images for “Successful black men”? What did you find?

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Disheartened by his findings, NYC blogger and photographer, George Myrie spearheaded a movement. He organized a group of thriving, talented brothers from Brooklyn, Queens, Harlem and Jersey to create imagery that displays well dressed, successful black men in various parts of the city, to quell the negative stereotypes that depict black men as menacing, lazy, or uneducated. With this, the “Bearded Dapper Gents” (BDG) was born.

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While they have built a collection of images that are nothing less than awe inspiring, make no mistake, they are far more than just a group of handsome, bearded faces.
In addition to changing the narrative and the visual of urban black men, these brothers are also impacting change in their communities by not only mentoring young black men but also grooming them from the inside out.
BDG has launched their initiative, “A Brother’s Duty.” What is a brother’s duty? “A brother’s duty is to lift one up when he falls down, catch him when he stumbles, and give advice when needed.” In collaboration with “Pens of Power”, “Foster Care Unplugged”, and “100 suits for 100” men, BDG plans to change the lives of our youth one suit at a time.
Myrie explains, “We want to outfit young men with tailored suits because many have never experienced how it feels to wear one. A man’s outward appearance can change his whole perception and views on life and give him the confidence he needs to succeed.”

 

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Want to meet these handsome fellas? Come out to their charity event “The Rebirth of Cool” in NYC on July 30, 2016. (INFO HERE)

Charity events, mentoring, and appearances are just the beginning. Stay tuned for all that these Bearded Dapper Gents have in store and donate to the cause HERE .

**100% of all proceeds will go toward dressing young lads for success**

written by Mocha Carter – writer, singer, NYC event planner, & medical student for Huffington Post


It’s imperative that we see ourselves  in a positive light, especially when media continues to perpetuate the negative stereotypes of the criminal, effeminate, self-loathing, woman-hating lazy lowlife Black male. And it doesn’t mean just putting on slacks and a button up, but taking pride in how we present ourselves-showing the younger generations how it’s done. So THANK YOU, brothers; we need more of you doing your part to alter our image for the better.

For more of this visual goodness and overall feel goods, stalk these kings like I do via ig: @beardeddappergents #beardeddappergents

inspiration appreciation admiration

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visual inspiration: autumn/winter

Black men with style 

[pics stolen from all over the internets]

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I love when grown men dress like grown men

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..and it doesn’t necessarily have to include a button up or collar, necktie or suit jacket.

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Y’all have it so easy-much easier than some of you make it. With a little effort, prep time and age appropriate, well-fitted clothing, you can look like a million bucks. And it should be fun and feel good! Don’t be afraid to throw in some color + texture.

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Above all, confidence is key. [And it’s hot.]

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“Style has little to do with clothing; it’s a way of living, of being.”

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I included a lot of visuals with some variety to help dispel the influx of dresses and skirts showing up in menswear. There is no reason for a MAN to be rockin tunics or leggings either. This gender bending is not fashionable to me AT ALL and, instead, is just another means of emasculation to confuse our impressionable young boys and girls.

Men, young and old, can simply wear men’s pants and shirts, sweaters and coats in many many ways and still look like confident, trailblazing individuals with impeccable taste.

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:::for more inspiration:::

streetetiquette urbanfieldnotes

stylepreneur | menstyle1 | pinterest | bdmotp

Birmingham Street Style Project | Wayne Tippetts

fashionforpassion | tumblr | socialbliss

Blackandmarriedwithkids.com

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+ some shops: h&m | jcp | Rock u lateR | karmaloop | Improv Goods | UO | asos

Clothing is a great tool to express yourself; dressing well is a form of good manners + it introduces you before you even say a word-projecting your level of self-love and self-respect. I see a very well dressed man and there’s an air of mystère-I wonder what he does? I wonder where he’s going? My late grandma used to always say dress your best because you never know who you’ll run into. And that’s quite true, but you should dress well for you and how you want to present yourself to the world.

Black men, I appreciate you. I’m inspired by your inherent style and admire your effortless sex appeal.

rantchic.com’s 24 things women should stop wearing after 30

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I’m only sharing cuz I thought this ish was funny. Especially the comments! Here’s my take on their bs stop wearing after 30 list:

24. graphic tees What? Why??! I could see if it had a One Direction logo or Justin Bieber on it…

23. bedazzled anything I agree 1000%.

22. blue eyeshadow The author actually said no to ALL eyeshadows! wtf??! I happen to love a smokey blue eye.

21. Vicky’s Secret PINK Yes, please. I hate it so much! Make it buuuuurrrrnnnnn!!!!!!!!

20. leopard print Soo so so baffled by this one. I own a leopard print dress, a leopard print onesie.. in fact, I’m on the hunt for a leopard print clutch.

19. sparkly pants Agreed. Unless you are six years old or a stage performer, sparkly pants are a problem for me, too- whether it be sequins or glitter, that trash bag material or whatever.

18. oversized sunglasses Four out of five pairs of my sunglasses are oversized though..

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Plus, what if you have a bigass head or a large face? I think it’d look bigger with small frames.

17. miss-matched socks If no one can see them, what’s the problem? Socks like to mysteriously disappear.. one.. by.. one..

16. hoop earrings I feel just the opposite: hoops are a classic earring style than women of any age can rock.

15. furry boots Agreed.

14. furry anything Disagreed. I still want a luxurious, faux fur coat.

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Julia Sarr Jamois in faux fur

13. tube tops eh, maybe if you got some double Ds! I like tube tops but I do think they look best on smaller chests, especially if you’re not wearing a bra.

12. short dresses W T F ……….. Short dresses are hot in the appropriate setting. Just don’t have your stuff hanging out, do the sit test and wear your size.

11. mini skirts The photo the site chose was pretty disturbing so I agree that no one should wear a skirt that short. But a nice short, body-con skirt is hot, even for women in their 40s and 50s!

10. overalls Really?

Two words:

Gwen.

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Stefani.

Stefani.

Peep game. They’re back in style! You just have to know how to pull a look together with them. I would probably rock them on the beach as a cover up or super cas with some sandals and a beater, but they can look chic with some pumps. {P.S. I wish I’d bought some before my no-shopping rehab detox thing 😦 }

9. crop tops Again, please use discretion. I don’t wanna see anyone’s bare middle from below the belly button up to the under bust. Having the entire midsection out anywhere except the pool or beach is just not my thing, but there are some really hot, age appropriate, stylish crop tops for us thirty plusers.

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8. American Eagle I can’t really comment on this one..

7. booty shorts I agree that your cheeks should never be hanging out. I do love me some casual fit short shorts though 🙂

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Like these! With a graphic tee! hahahaha!!

6. old sneakers This one really depends. The dirty loved look is really only ok for Vans and Chucks. And old, dirty white sneakers are always a no.

5. cheap bras You should never wear a cheap bra actually. You’re doing the girls and your comfort a disservice.

4. glitter eyeshadow Again, it depends.sparklydow

I think this is lovely for a special occasion, but we all know certain folks that take things overboard.

3. platform flip-flops Spot on with this one. Don’t know why they ever existed.

2. Abercrombie & Fitch Never got into this brand either, not even when I saw it at Ross.

1. scrunchies Call me a hippie but I kiiiinda liiiike scrunchiiies.

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I’m guessing the original author is a 92 year-old great grandmother? I only agreed with six items on the no-no list, so there is no way this woman {or man} is hip to what’s in on the fashion front. Styles cycle in and out so we’re bound to see some looks repeat in our lifetime and we shouldn’t feel out of the loop just because we’re not “college-aged” anymore.

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I hope you found the list {and comments if you checked out rant chic} as chuckle-worthy as I did. And just continue to celebrate every year of life and experiment and have fun with whatever you wear.

week 12 \\ 2015

consume4Why I’m Not Buying Clothes [for myself] for the Entire YEAR

Mom said “you… what?” My sister laughed and a friend asked a horrified “whyyyy??!”

It sounds crazy. I know. Just read.

Firstly, I have a lot of clothes. A. Lot. I’ve been told so and I believe it. In my last apartment, I had two-count em!- TWO decent sized walk-in closets that were pretty much full. Sure, I had my art supplies and some cleaning stuff, but it was 90-92% clothing! In retrospect, that sounds ludicrous for one human.

Then when I moved, it felt like I was stuck packing clothes for forever!

The madness had to end and made a vow to not make not ONE clothing purchase for myself in 2015.

So far, so good.

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The other “deeper” reason why is my distaste for consumerism

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advocacy of a high rate of consumption and spending as a basis for a sound economy

Trust me, I’m not one that is into name brands or maxing out credit cards to have the latest trend. Not I. Never have been. But I realized I had a problem: thinking I needed new stuff. And getting it made me feel good. Boosted my mood. I think it’s fair to evolve your wardrobe and buy things that make you look and feel great; I was just doing it far too often.

Plus I just want to be a better woman and support small, local, and Black-owned companies when I can. I want to get better at making the best of what I have.

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So, luckily, it has been much easier than I thought it would be. I’ve opted to “shop” my own closet instead of buying what I want just because it’s cute. It has only been a couple months [cuz I did buy myself some goodies on “Black Friday” after Christmas], but I am super proud of myself.

This is a resolution that I definitely plan to keep up with. Who knows, it may even trickle into 2016. I do need some new jeans tho…

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{P.S. Don’t you love this dark artwork??}

solange: synonymous with style

I know it’s been awhile since I reported some fashion news, but my love of Solange.. ugh! It’s indescribable. I swear we are best friends [or at least shopping bffs] in my head. I may be late but she killed in Paris for Fashion Week. She looked perfect in every get up, but these are my favorites:

solangeEveryone is talking about this borrowed Harbison coat, but those shoes! omg

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You cannot tell me this young woman is not effortlessly amazing and inspirational! Her individual style is impeccable and speaks volumes without looking desperate. And it makes me forget all about that elevator incident 🙂

Small Business Saturday: Earbuds

With my new, shorter-than-ever haircut, I’m pretty much obliged to rock huge earrings. Plus my recent jewelry purge made me realize that I had a lot of boring pairs! Some too small, others a lil dated, and a few made me question why I ever spent any money on them.

So, continuing on my crusade to buy small and buy Black [and local when I can], I just wanted to share some of my latest and greatest finds.I don’t know how, where, when or how I discovered Peace Images, but it’s an amazing brand. Very earthly, beautiful designs-wearable art from the heart. Soon as I get my money right, I’m buying up the entire site!!

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Rachel Stewart‘s page was suggested to me when I had Facebook and BOOM-I was instantly enamored. You know it’s real when you can’t decide what you want to buy cuz you want it allllll! Funky, chunky, colorful and fresh, she really has a signature aesthetic. I absolutely LOVE her stuff! [P.S. there’s a sale going thru February 5th!]

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I was introduced to Beads by Aree by a friend on the gram.. but it’s SO much more than beads! A quick scan thru her feed and I was like ok, this is something very cool and special. Majestic and soulful and happy are a few words that I feel describe these amazing, imaginative beauties.

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My trusty Etsy always always comes thru! A search on the site results Alii Fuerza and her lovely collection of badass, innovative jewelry. Featuring Malcolm X, 2Pac, and Che Guevara, Alii’s gems make such a statement without you having to say a word. [Perfectly fitting for Black History Month, no?]fts

Again, I was hunting for a certain something when I came upon Green Tree Jewelry on Etsy.They specialize in eco-friendly, wooden laser cut earrings. Suuuper lightweight and charming, they have everything you can think of to sport on your ears-from animals and plants to cityscapes and everything in between.

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Even if you’re not all gungho on buying Black or small or local, you have to admit that these unique brands are kind of dope, right! Regardless, I’m excited that they exist and that I can share them with you.

xo