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Josephine Baker, Hat-Lover, A Legend.

One of the most inspiring facts to know is that several musicians were fond of hats and were them regularly to have a sense of style.  The next few weeks will focus on that.

Josephine Baker (June 3, 1906 – April 12, 1975) was an American-born French dancer, singer, and actress who came to be known in various circles as the “Black Pearl,” “Bronze Venus” and even the “Creole Goddess”. Born Freda Josephine McDonald in St Louis, MO. Josephine later became a citizen of France in 1937. She was fluent in both English and French.

Baker was the first African-American woman to star in a major motion picture, Zouzou (1934) or to become a world-famous entertainer. Baker, who refused to perform for segregated audiences in America, is also noted for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement.

Ms. Baker dropped out of school at the age of 12 and began living on the street. To survive, she scavenged food in garbage cans and danced on street corners. This attracted her a lot of attention, and she ended up being recruited to the vaudeville stage at the age of 15. Later on, she moved to France, where she found fame as anexotic dancer.

The girl in the song, who is described as an unhappy, but talented, stripper, probably sees parallels between her own life andjsephine b hat the life of Josephine Baker. She hopes to someday escape her current situation and move on to live a more glamorous lifestyle.

There are also several similarities between Josephine Baker and Penny from Good Times  which gives us an ever greater picture of the girl in the song and her childhood. Both Penny and Baker grew up without father figures, and were abused as children. They were even abused in virtually the same way: Penny was burned by her mother with an iron simply out of aggression, and Baker was burned by the woman she was working for when she put too much soap in the laundry.

Josephine Baker is often credited as a source of inspiration for several writers, including Langston Hughes


Read more here: at Wikipedia.

July Hatsplosion

It’s a 4th of July Hatsplosion

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Pharrell’s Grammy Hat – The 411…

Everything You Need to Know About Pharrell’s ‘Grammy Hat’

pharrell-grammy-hat-blog-lead.jpgLast night the guy with the most-talked about style was Pharrell. More specifically, it was his hat, which spawned a parody twitter account and this social media exchange with Arby’s:While Pharrell’s been a good sport about it all—even retweeting the best fanart and tweets about his headwear, there’s a pretty cool story behind it. Pharrell’s whole look represents a significant part of where style, subculture, and musical history have intersected in the past. Learn all about what Pharrell, punks, and hip-hop’s early days have in common. Here’s everything you need to know about Pharrell’s Grammy hat.

1. It’s a vintage Vivienne Westwood hat.
English fashion designer Vivienne Westwood is credited with many things, like bringing punk and new wave style to the mainstream, her professional and personal relationship with Malcolm McLaren, and clothes that drew inspiration from (among other things) pirates, Clint Eastwood, and the wild west. Her Fall-Winter 1982-1983 collection was named “Buffalo Girls (Nostalgia of Mud)” and was inspired by “Peruvian women wearing bowler hats and full skirts, dancing with their babies tied on their back.”

Pharrell’s hat is from that collection:

Twitter account:  “The real deal with Pharrell’s hat? It’s a vintage Vivienne Westwood from her 1982/3 A/W “Buffalo” collection. BOOM.”

2. Pharrell’s whole Grammy look owes its existence to Malcolm McLaren and the Rock Steady Crew.
Malcolm McLaren was an “influencer” before it became a marketing term for anyone with a sizable social media following. The creative visionary managed the Sex Pistols and collaborated with everyone from Vivienne Westwood to Supreme. Formed in 1977 in The Bronx, the Rock Steady Crew is arguably the most popular breakdancing crew in hip-hop culture. Revered by b-boys and b-girls everywhere, they were featured in films like Wild StyleStyle Wars, and Beat Street while also immortalized by lauded photographers like Jamel Shabazz. Pharrell’s outfit draws from several elements in the music video for Malcolm McLaren & The World’s Famous Supreme Team’s “Buffalo Gals,” namely the Westwood hat and the bright red Adidas track jacket.

The video prominently features members of the Rock Steady Crew doing their thing.

3. He’s had the hat for at least four years.
Pharrell’s been spotted wearing this hat as early as July 2009, where he sported it to a party at London’s A Bathing Ape store, the Japanese-founded streetwear brand that was influential in helping Pharrell launch his own Billionaire Boys Club line.

Here, he pairs it with a Lanvin blazer and Clarks Wallabees:

4. He wore it as recently as last week.
Pharrell’s a master at shopping his own closet. Whether it’s pieces from Lanvin, Billionaire Boys Club, or his own collaboration with Mark McNairy, Bee Line, Pharrell’s approach to style is similar to most guys—he finds something he likes and wears the hell out of it.

Source: GQ – Click here.

Black History Salute

A group of students from Frederick Douglas High School play members of the Free Men of Color during the 195th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans in the War of 1812 at Chalmette Battlefield on Friday, January 8, 2010.     




Slaves as well as free Black men comprised two battalions, called the “Free Men of Color,” and fought with several other units in the Battle of New Orleans, the final battle of the War of 1812. Their role helped the Americans clinch a victory over British forces. During the war, several northern states, including New York and Pennsylvania, recruited entire regiments of Black soldiers and even some southern states like Louisiana and North Carolina enlisted Black soldiers.