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Celebration of Some of Cosplay’s Flyest #28DaysofBlackCosplay Returns

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While February has been reserved for reflection on the black experience and the contributions that have come from it, the month has also evolved into a celebration of black achievements and their influence on various genres including pop culture. One such area is the geek market, particularly cosplay, where cosplayers or color often find themselves fighting colorism and racism even when dressing up as fictional characters. To encourage these cosplayers to continue expressing their fandom, despite the backlash, the hashtag #28daysofblackcosplay was created. The brainchild of cosplayer Chaka Cumberbatch  #28daysofblackcosplay started as a rallying cry and evolved into a celebratory lighting rod that drew attention to not only the plight of black cosplayers but their resilience, their excellence and dedication to their craft.

For those who want to get involved and share their favorite cosplayers, Chaka has put a spin on this year’s festivities adding themes to each day.

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And if you are looking for cosplayers to follow and/or share Petite Ebby Cosplay has created a database with the social media pages of over 300 cosplayers with more being added constantly. ( List )

We will be sharing some of our flyest cosplayers throughout the month so check back often.

 

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FLY NEWS

Black History Month: Google Doodler, Sophie Diao Salutes Edmonia Lewis

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On Wednesday, February 1st [Today] at 12:01 am ET, in honor of Black History Month, a Doodle on the Google.com homepage was placed celebrating Edmonia Lewis, the first woman of African-American and Native American heritage to achieve global recognition as a sculptor.

The Doodle depicts Lewis sculpting one of her most famous works, The Death of Cleopatra, which is on display at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. The sculpture was first revealed at the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia in 1876. Lewis’s realistic portrayal of Cleopatra’s death shocked viewers and received acclaim from critics, who called it “the most remarkable piece of sculpture in the American section” of the show.

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The artist behind today’s doodle is Sophie Diao. Sophie has been designing Google Doodles for the past three and a half years. She is a 2013 graduate of the California Institute of the Arts where she majored in Character Animation. As she has always been inspired by both journalism and American History, she combines both interests to create.

“I started by researching Edmonia Lewis’ life story – how she got interested in sculpting and what her legacy was,” says Diao. “The fact that she intentionally chose to sculpt powerful female figures was exciting to me. I really wanted to show her in the process of sculpting, emphasizing her small stature (she was only four feet tall!) and one of her most famous pieces, ‘The Death of Cleopatra.’ I chose this piece to highlight in particular not only because it’s such a striking sculpture, but it depicts a female commander & Egyptian queen. I found her choice of subject matter extremely powerful. Her Native American name was “Wildfire,” which I tried to incorporate by making the Google letters especially fiery.”

Thanks to Google and Sophie for uplifting the culture!

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Entertainment Music

Fly Visual: Pardison Fontaine touches on the ramifications of slavery and the plight of Black people in 2016 in Black History Month

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Newburgh, NY’s own Pardison Fontaine has been making quite a bit of noise on the underground circuit, releasing attention grabbing singles such as “Bobby Brown” and “Hooporeerap.” His success has landed him on some of the biggest platforms in music, while also garnering interest from various major recording labels. Known for his aggressive musical aesthetic, Fontaine always incorporates socially relevant themes in his content. As February comes to a close, he takes things a step with the jarring visual for “Black History Month.”

In the clip, Pardison Fontaine touches on the ramifications of slavery and the plight of Black people in 2016, all from his signature street perspective. Paying homage to the Black Panther Party, some of the scenes may evoke a strong reaction from viewers.

Check out the full Sage English directed video below, as well as some thoughts from Fontaine on the content’s strong subject matter.

Twitter: @lifeofthePARDI

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Entertainment Music

Fly Visual: Vintage Nation Starts A Massive Movement with “Cuz I’m Black”

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Vintage Nation has emerged a cultivated rose. “#CUZIMBLACK” captures the sweetness of individuality while conveying the angst of continued struggle. This is the soundtrack of the revolution and it will indeed be televised.
If a picture is worth a thousand words, the right sentiment is worth a million. #CUZIMBLACK is a declaration that definitely qualifies. It is a movement that celebrates black culture through a positive and empowering message. Whether evoking emotions of civil liberties or civil rights, #CUZIMBLACK is a statement of confidence, value and undeniable strength.
Check out the visual below:

 

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Entertainment Music

SFPL Music: Singer Joe Thomas Salutes Black History Month with New Song “Our Anthem”

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Just off the heels of his populated visual cover of Adele‘s “Hello” [3 million views and counting], singer Joe Thomas celebrates this year’s Black History Month with a new song entitled “Our Anthem.”

Joe also tributes to the record to all of the issues that are affecting our community, and wanted to provide something that is simply “OURS.”

When asked his inspiration behind the timeless piece, the veteran singer says:

“OUR HISTORY”, “OUR PAIN”, “OUR FIGHT calls for “OUR ANTHEM” – TRY – A – LITTLE #TENDERNESS.

Check it out below:

Joe is set to drop a new album in June.

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Entertainment Fashion

In Fashion: Nike Unveils Their Black History Month Collection “Power Of One”

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Black History Month is around the corner and sneaker giant Nike just revealed this year’s Black History Month Collection “The Power of One.” This year’s campaign features black athletes and coaches who understand their role in shaping the minds of those who look to them for guidance and inspiration.

Nike’s chosen pro soccer player Kevin Prince Boateng, pro skateboarder Theotis Beasley, world record hurdler Brianna Rollins, women’s basketball coach Vivian Stringer, former men’s basketball coach John Thompson, and football Hall of Famer Jerry Rice.

Boateng expressed the responsibility that comes with being a professional athlete and went further by touching on how this duty also falls on the media and music industry.

“We cannot afford to be indifferent or passive. People in sports, people in the music business, and people in the media have unique opportunities and therefore have a special responsibility. We speak to parts of society and pierce the hearts of those people that political discussions will never reach.

To Beasley it’s important that he continue to be a positive source of inspiration for his fans.

“I focus so hard on keeping a clean image so my younger fans are able to look to me as a young black professional athlete and be inspired. “

Coach Vivian Stringer hopes to instill her players with the kind of mentality that propels you to keep moving forward, in spite of what may seem like insurmountable odds.

“My hope is that they will come to share my fundamental and unshakeable faith: that each and everyone of us has the ability to triumph in the face of adversity, to lift ourselves up and succeed, no matter what trials we encounter.”

The collection includes the LeBron 13, Kyrie 2, KD 8, Kobe 11 as well as the Air Jordan 1 silhouette and Air Force 1. The key design of the collection focuses on tribal inspired prints, with pops of color, and classic black silhouettes. The collection drops on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which falls on January 18th this year. It will be made available online and at select retailers.

Source: STASHED & Nike

By: Arlene Danna

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Entertainment

“Do You Have A Black Friend?”: Jimmy Kimmel Hits The Streets And Asks Random White People If They Have Black Friends

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In Jimmy Kimmel‘s Pedestrian Question series, the late night host honors Black History Month, as he hits the streets of Los Angeles asking random white people if they have black friends. You will be surprise at some of the answers that you may hear.

When asked the hilarious question, Chuck from Ohio claimed he had a black friend but when asked to name the friend, Chuck could not even pull a name out if his pocket if he wanted to.

However, an Australian woman seemed to be a bit turned when asked if you wanted a black friend. Lol!

A random token black guy was asked if he had any white friends. He answered:

No, no not really.

When asked why:

I don’t know. White people are kinda scary. (as he chuckles)

Peep the full hilarious video below:

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FLY Kicks of The Day: Nike Reveals Their 2015 Black History Month Collection.

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With Black History Month right around the corner, Nike is continuing their initiative they started back in 2014 honoring specific athletes and coaches who have earned their crowns in their sport. Starting this Saturday January 17th, Nike will be releasing a new collection of products spanning across basketball, football, running, skateboarding and soccer. This year Nike will honor Theotis Beasley, Kevin-Prince Boatgeng, Jerry Rice, Brianna Rollins, C. Vivian Stringer and John Thompson.

 

Official Statement:

NIKE, Inc. celebrates Black History Month with a collection of products across basketball, football, running, soccer and skateboarding that honors six athletes and coaches who have positively impacted sport with their courage and determination: Theotis Beasley, Kevin-Prince Boateng, Jerry Rice, Brianna Rollins, C. Vivian Stringer and John Thompson.

A portion of proceeds from the sale of the 2015 BHM Collection go to the Ever Higher Fund, which supports organizations that leverage the power of sport to maximize the potential of underserved youth. The fund’s mission is to assist communities with knowledge, resources and tools for the next generation of leaders.

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Take a detail look at the FLY collection dropping January 17th, 2015 in the gallery below.

Images Via: Nike

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FLY Events: McDonald’s Honors Black Media Legends and Trailblazers At The Plaza Hotel For The Faces of Black History Awards Ceremony.

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Friday February 1st SFPL was in attendance as McDonald’s kicked off Black History Month with its annual event honoring the achievements of Black Media  Legends and Trailblazers. The event was hosted by past honorees Brenda Blackmon of (My9 WWOR-TV),Elsie Finch (Meteorologist, CBS2 News) and Mike Woods (Fox 5 Weather Anchor).  This years list of honorees included  DJ Clue (Power 105.1),Jay Dow (WPIX-TV/PIX11), Edward Harris (WNYW/WWOR), Don Lemon( CNN),Deon Levingston (WBLS/WLIB),Errol Louis (NY1),J.L. Mitchell (WNYW-TV), Robert F.Moore (New York Daily News), Fatiyn Muhammad (WBLS), John Noel (WNBC), Troy Roberts (CBS News), Sue Simmons (WNBC), Walter Smith (New York Beacon & Philadelphia Observer),Joy-Ann Reid (theGrio.com/MSNBC) Pat Stevenson (Harlem News), Saundra Thomas (WABC-TV) and Earl VanDyke Toliver (WNYW Fox 5). The Awards Ceremony also served as the unveiling of the 2013 Faces of Black History Poster featuring the honorees. You can get the poster for free at your local McDonald’s restaurant.  It was honor to be surrounded by such legends in the media industry, meeting people I grew up watching on television and listening to on the radio was definitely an amazing experience. Checkout the photos from event below.

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New Music: Presice – “Black Star Power”

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Staten Island rapper Presice rapper returns with his new single “Black Star Power” just in time for Black History Month. “Black Star Power” is the first single off of his forthcoming mixtape “ I Love People But Hate Crowds.” Precise lays tight lyrics over this instrumental from” Get By” by legendary Talib Kweli to illustrate his idea of what black star power truly is and how we might get there. This record is only a glimpse into the sound of his mixtape due in April.