Flagrant City Spotlight: Who is @blameforshort? What is @vcrashaad? [Fashion]

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!

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Rashaad Holley working on a custom design.  Photo Credit: UB Spectrum

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.”

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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.

Full link on UB Spectrum: Buffalo Born Designer Stays True To His Roots

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Dirty Logan: Fernandough The Poet – Diamonds in the Ruff (prod. ICYTWAT) [SINGLE]

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“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

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Jenesis Magazine Celebrates 10 Years!! [APR 1]

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This is NOT a joke! We repeat: this is NOT a joke! Jenesis Magazine has been bringing you the best in music, advice, and art for the past 10 years and now it’s your chance to give back for all they’ve given you! Join them this Saturday, April 1st from 10PM until 2AM (or when the party gets shut down).

Only a fool would miss this event. And if you do, the jokes on you!

Let your friends know you’re going! Share it on Facebook, Instagram & even Snapchat!

#AroundBuffaLowe: Adri V Hosts the 3rd Annual Go Getta Mix & Mingle [MARCH 24]

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Celebrate life and possibilities with radio personality Adri.V! The birthday girl is combining her own celebration with a fundraiser for The Go Getta Scholarship 2017, and a moment to acknowledge and highlight the Talented Ten: leaders making a way against the odds. A donation of $15 will get you access to an elite group business-minded individuals where you can network, exchange, and turn up for the sake of being alive!

The event takes place March 24th from 6pm-10pm and we suggest you get your tickets before they run out!

Can’t make it? Make sure you keep up with Adri’s move through her IG so you can check out the next event. But we’re sure you won’t want to miss this one.

The Phoenix Identity Group Noiz3 Vlog Series w/ Tiffany Winter [Coming Soon]!

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The Phoenix Company is blessing the community with Alcohol Industry insiders courtesy of Tiffany Winter. Winters, known as part of Black Ink Crew, is teaming up with The Phoenix Company to present all you need to begin or amp up your business. From new brands to market to tips from entrepreneurs and lifestyle ambassadors already in the game, the vlog will feature major keys to flourishing in the industry. They’re even sharing signature mixed cocktails! So if you love to drink, love to get people drunk, or want to get paid to do both be sure to check them out!

You can follow The Phoenix Company on IG to keep tabs on the vlog and be sure to follow Tiffany to see what other insiders she shares.

Last but never least… take a shot for the homies! ❤

BuffaLowe Wants to Know: Where the Haters At? [Opinion Piece]

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  In order for a candidate to become president they must have an overwhelming support of the citizens, right? They would at least need more people who want to see them in power than those who would rather they fail. I mean… isn’t that the whole reason why we’re urged to vote? Told our voices matter and all the other propaganda? The 2009 inauguration of President Barack Obama (yes, girl I said President present tense because he’s still my President FOH) had an attendance record of more than 1.8 million according to CNN politics.

    So where are all the self-hating bigots who voted for Captain Cheezit? They have no problem sitting behind a camera and spewing messages of hate, or even attacking defenseless POC for no justifiable reason, but very few showed up to support the man THEY deemed fit to be in power. When listening to Trump’s inauguration speech the reason becomes a bit clearer. At least to me. His speech was littered with the uses of ‘i’ and ‘me’ as opposed to ‘us’ and ‘we’. ‘I can fix these problems’ and ‘I am the answer’.

    So maybe Trump’s followers didn’t show because their lazy asses felt their task was done. They screamed hate to the heavens and their Gods have responded. So all that’s left for them to do is sit back and let havoc wreck itself. Even so, We the People should see this as an opening. Our support of love is far greater than their message of hate. The power rests in our hands and it’s up to us to use it to rectify the problems that have plagued America since it’s founding. Let’s make it right one step at a time! This is our call to action.

    In the mean time in-between time, check out this article with more photos showing the recent inauguration’s lack of attendees.

#AroundLA: @joythedrummer LIVE at @ClubLosGlobos with @imma_kat_ & More! [JAN 22nd]

Come out this Sunday 1/22 and join Venzella Joy during NAMM weekend at Los Globos with a dope lineup including KATALYST, Mononeon, Micki Miller, Kenyon Dixon, and more!

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