Behind the Mask: Butch Diva


Brooklyn fashion designer Tiffany Rhodes, the “Queen of Spandex,” is raising money to open a store for her line, Butch Diva. In the description of the name of her line, she explained, “I thought ‘butch’ was an expression of androgyny, boldness, masculine aggression, and a tough edge, and ‘diva’ was still sexy, feminine, boss, and […]

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Behind the Mask: Playin’ Mas


As we are in the midst of carnival season, I would like to share something interesting that I learned about carnival in Dominica. The other day I visited my family in Brooklyn and one of my cousins let me borrow his book, Ma William and Her Circle of Friends. Written by Giftus John, who taught […]

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Behind the Mask: D. Denenge Akpem


Here is another segment. Its focus will be fashion – hair, clothes, carnival costumes, etc. First, D. Denenge Akpem’s performance-lecture on Afrofuturism and fashion, “Constructing Future Forms.” Update: Read her two articles from Chicago Arts Magazine Constructing Future Forms: Afro-Futurism and Fashion in Chicago, Part I Constructing Future Forms: Afro-Futurism and Fashion in Chicago, Part […]

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