INTERNATIONAL

BLACK HERITAGE +

HISTORY MTH™

JUNE 2021

CULTURE LAB

CULTURE LAB

  • VIRTUAL EXHIBITION 
  • VISIT IN PERSON 
  • UNSTATUSYOURQUO
  • 2021 MEN + FASHION LAB
VIRTUAL EXHIBITION 

"But when you were born, you weren’t brown. You weren’t black. Instead, you were born with pale skin and red hair. I Want You To Feel What The World May Not See…"

Words from Kanyessa McMahon in a letter to her son, Daschel

Mixed Voices: 001

Photographer: Marco Giannavola www.mgiannavola.com

Creative + Art Direction: Be The Change Productions

Legacy: 001

VISIT IN PERSON 

CONTINENTS

AFRICA (click the flags or videos to learn more)

EUROPE (click on the flags or videos to learn more)

North America (click on the flags or videos to learn more)

South America (click on the flags or videos to learn)

UNSTATUSYOURQUO

If you don't know about these now you do...

2021 MEN + FASHION LAB

Step aside for these designers and brands from across the Afro Diaspora. If you didn't know, now you know.

Brand AFRICANA from Nigeria: Nigeria is located on the western coast of the African continent. The national capital is Abuja, in the Federal Capital Territory. Lagos, is the former capital and retains its standing as the country’s commercial and industrial center. Many diverse languages are spoken in the country, including Yoruba, Edo, Igbo, Tiv, Fula, Hausa, Ibibio, and English.

Brand MWAMI from Senegal: Dakar is the Capital of Senegal, and the country is located at the westernmost point of the African continent. Served by multiple air and maritime travel routes the country is known as the “Gateway to Africa. Due to the location Senegal was and an early point of contact with European explorers from England, Portugal, and the Netherlands before ultimately coming under French rule in the late 19th century.

Brand UPTOWN YARDIE from Great Britain with Jamaican heritage: Jamaica is in the West Indies and is the third largest island in the Caribbean Sea, after Cuba and Hispaniola (AKA the island divided politically into the Republic of Haiti (west) and the Dominican Republic (east). The capital of Jamaica is Kingston and the island has various Spanish, French, and English place-names, remnants of its colonial past. Jamaica became independent from Great Britain in 1962 and most people are of African ancestry, though East Indians, African-East Indians, Caucasians and Chinese also make up the population. Jamaica is known for the religion Rastafarianism, which centers around the divinity of the late Haile Selassie, emperor of Ethiopia

Brand ATTO TETTEH from Ghana: Ghana was the first black African country south of the Sahara to achieve independence from Great Britain's colonial rule Jul, 1 1960. Accra is the capital city and It is the second-most populous country in West Africa, after Nigeria. Ghana is the world's second largest cocoa producer behind Ivory Coast, and Africa's biggest gold miner after South Africa. It is also one of the continent's fastest growing economies. Ghana was inhabited in the Middle Ages and the Age of Discovery by a number of ancient predominantly Akan kingdoms in the Southern and Central territories.

Brand THEBE MAGUGU from South Africa: Officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA), it is the southernmost country on the African continent and is the world's 23rd-most populous nation. It has three capital cities: executive Pretoria, judicial Bloemfontein and legislative Cape Town. The largest city is Johannesburg. Approximately 80% of South Africans are of Black African ancestry who speak a variety of different African languages. The remaining population consists of European (White South Africans), Asian (Indian South Africans), and Multiracial (Coloured South Africans) ancestry.

Brand PYER MOSS from the USA and the creator of the brand has Haitian Heritage: The Republic of Haiti is on an island located in the Caribbean, to the east of Cuba. Haiti occupies the western three-eighths of the island which it shares with the Dominican Republic. The major cities are: Cap-Haïtien, Jérémie, Les Cayes, Hinche, Gonaïves, and Jacmel. Haiti has two official languages: Haitian Creole and French. Port-au-Prince is the capital and most populous city. Under colonial rule by the Spanish and then the French, in 1804, the French were finally defeated and the slave population and they successfully gained independence for the country.

Brand CASABLANCA from France and the creator is from Morocco: officially the Kingdom of Morocco it is located in North Africa between the Sahara desert and the Mediterranean that stretches from the Moroccan Atlantic coast to Egypt. The Kingdom of Morocco shares a strip of land with five other countries going from west to east: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt. Rabat is the capital city of Morocco and the country's seventh largest city. The official languages are Arabic and Berber. In 1912, France and Spain divided Morocco into French and Spanish protectorates. Morocco formally achieved independence from France March, 2 1956.

Brand KANGARUI from Kenya: Officially the Republic of Kenya it is located in Eastern part of the African continent. It is the world's 48th largest country by total area and is the 29th most populous country. The capital and largest city is Nairobi, though the oldest city and first capital is the coastal city of Mombasa. It's believed there are a total of 68 languages spoken in Kenya which reflect the country's diverse population though the Bantu Swahili language and English are most common, the latter being inherited from colonial rule.

Brand MIMI PLANGE from USA creator from GHANA: See Brand ATTO TETTEH above

Brand PIET from Brazil: Officially the Federative Republic of Brazil is the largest country in both South America and Latin America. With a population of over 211 million people Brazil is the world's fifth-largest and sixth-most populous country, and has 26 states and a Federal District. It is the largest country to have Portuguese as an official language and the only one in the Americas. Brazil is one of the world's most multicultural and ethnically diverse nations. Brazil has the largest population of people of the African diaspora in the world. The current capital of Brazil is Brasilia . Rio de Janeiro was the country's capital between 1763 and 1960.

Brand NO-TRIBE CLOTHING from USA. Creative Director Ghanaian and British: See Brand ATTO TETTEH above

Brand DAILY PAPER CLOTHING from the Netherlands: The Dutch have been present in South Africa since 1652 with the first permanent Dutch settlement around what is now Cape Town. The first Dutch Colony in Africa was established in Ghana in the 16th century, commonly referred to as the Dutch Gold Coast.

First a Dutch and then a British colony, South Africa unites in May 1920 and becomes independent.

Brand LOZA MALEOMBHO from USA creator from Brazil: See brand PIET above

Brand KENNETH IZE from USA creator has Nigerian Heritage: see brand AFRICANA at the top