Monday, April 23, 2012

Black Men & Boys Series: Upcoming Events

BALTIMORE, MD:  The Reginald F. Lewis Museum is currently hosting two special exhibitions, Dandy Lion: Articulating a Re(de)fined Black Masculine Identity and Global Dandy: Selected Photographs from The Global Africa Project that seeks to combat negative stereotypes about Black men and portray them in eclectic and sophisticated fashions. The museum has two upcoming programs: Dandy Day (April 28) and Style and Swag (May 12) designed to honor and celebrate black male identity and fashion.

Saturday, April 28, Noon to 5 p.m.
Dandy Day: A Celebration of Dandyism

Peruse clothing and accessories by indie designers hosted by Planet Maud Vintage & Co.; join Monica Miller as she discusses her book, Slaves to Fashion: Black Dandyism and the Styling of Black Diasporic Identity; take a gallery walk with curator Shantrelle P. Lewis; listen to monologues by Theatre Morgan students (Morgan State University); and groove to the sounds of DJ Jahsonic.

Saturday, May 12, 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Style and Swag: The New Black Male Elegance

Celebrate black male elegance with a “Dress for Success” workshop, fashion show and bazaar for men of all ages. A raffle of men’s care products and gift cards will be available to visitors. Participants include Carlous Palmer of Design LLC; Brian Joyner of Be Better Guys; The Spa Lounge Salon; E. Bannister Couture; Christopher Shafer Clothier; Eric Brewer; Octavius Johnson; and K&G Fashion Superstore. Both events are in conjunction with Dandy Lion: Articulating a Re(de)fined Black Masculine Identity. Museum admission is required for both events.

About the exhibition: Twenty emerging photographers and filmmakers present refreshing images of young black men who challenge popular notions of urban black masculinity. Guest curated by Shantrelle P. Lewis, this exhibition defies the negative image of the black male as “thug” and explores contemporary expressions of the “Black Dandy,” the sophisticated urban gentleman whose “swagger” engages both African aesthetics and elements of European fashion. The exhibition is showing through May 13, 2012.

BOSTON, MA: Concerned Black Men of Massachusetts to host 23rd Annual Unity Breakfast featuring award winning novelist Touré

Saturday, May 5, 2012
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Boston Marriott Cambridge
Tickets $40 in advance, $50 at the door.
Proceeds benefit the Paul Robeson Institute for Positive Self Development

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Photo courtesy of Reginald F. Lewis Museum