Download: Gimme Dat
A Street Couture Short Film Directed by Ronnell Hudson, Zachary Bxllion & Nneka Gigi. The visual that was premiered on 4/20 in Los Angeles at a private event by Nneka Gigi is now here for the public.
Instrumentals provided by Young Simba.
For those of us who “stand out”
we can never really “fit in”
We are not praying to be popular
We are not praying to be understood
We would much rather be “us”
We would much rather be “real”
And that’s a party you will never need an invitation to – RLH
Recently a long-time friend of mine from my hometown of Buffalo, NY, Rashaad Holley, sat down with fashion blogger Moesha Reid and the student publication I used to write for in college, the UB Spectrum, sharing his thoughts, his vision, his past and his future passions for his current fashion line, Vingt Cinq Rashaad. Take a look & read more below!
UB alumnus Rashaad Holley discusses his inspiration for his clothing line, Vingt Cinq Rashaad.
Rashaad Holley wants the number 25 to symbolize a rebirth of black males.
Holley’s brand, Vingt Cinq, means 25 in French and represents an important age for black men in the U.S., due to inner-city violence.
“There’s a popular Kanye lyric, ‘I wasn’t supposed to make it past 25, guess what, I’m still alive’ and that stuck with me,” Holley, a Buffalo State student and UB alumnus, said. “There are no fashion designers coming from the part of Buffalo where I grew up. Me aspiring to be one is different, it’s not something that kids think about being.”
Holley graduated from UB in 2016 with a degree in business focused in marketing. Instead of entering the workforce, he decided to pursue a second degree in apparel design within the Fashion and Textile Technology department at Buffalo State.
Holley’s goal is to “bring luxury to the urban look.” He’s taken the roughness of the eastside of Buffalo and uses it as inspiration for his clothing line. His great aunt’s death and his distance from his birth father showed him the importance of familial bonds and guided him through his work.
“People always say my garments are clean and I like that a lot because that’s not something you generally think comes out of the ghetto and that’s exactly where they’re from and where I’m from,” Holley said.
For the FULL link on UB Spectrum and to read more click the following link: Buffalo Born Designer Stays True To His Roots
This Saturday, April 29th, 2017 the KATS start their new residency at the Del Monte Speakeasy in Venice! Come hang with the gang!
Doors at 8pm
Del Monte Speakeasy
52 Winward Ave, Venice, CA 90291
Jonah Levine- Trombone
Emile Martinez – Trumpet
David Michael Otis – Alto Sax
Donald Lee -Tenor Sax
Corbin Jones- Tuba, Upright Bass, Bari sax, Everything bass
Bradford Isaaq Tidwell – Guitar
Brandon Cordoba -Piano/ synth
Brian ‘Theory’ Hargrove- piano/ synth
Marlon Spears – Bass & for president
Greg Paul- Drums
“DIAMONDS IN THE RUFF” New track from Fernandough the Poet, for the ladies with a lil ratchet side to em (WHICH THEY ALL DO LOWKEY LOL).
Dough hopes you all enjoy it & if you do pass it along to a fellow ratchet. Shout out to @councilbwoy on the beat
After having some fun in Pittsburgh this past weekend celebrating JENESIS Magazine’s 10th Anniversary, Dirty Logan front man Fernandough the Poet seemingly got inspired & decided to head back home to Buffalo and drop some new heat for the folks.
Take a listen below!