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'Black Dandy' Documentary Follows Worldwide Style Phenomenon

'Black Dandy,' a documentary from Ariel Wizman and Laurent Lunetta that aired on France's Canal+, follows the worldwide style phenomenon.


Our friends at Shadow & Act recently tipped us off to a new style documentary project about the worldwide rise of "black dandyism." Directed by Ariel Wizman and Laurent Lunetta, the 55-minute Black Dandy aired this week on France's Canal+. According to Shadow & Act, "the filmmakers say that they want to pay tribute to the men who fight against the stigma that sometimes comes with being a man who pays very special attention to his appearance, his style, adding that, 'The idea was to restore dignity to a global African culture and find a certain conception of independence vis-à-vis white-black codes.'" Though we're still waiting to see the film in full, a short teaser reveals interviews and appearances by a who's-who of the dapper street style circuit, including Wanda Lephoto and Kabelo Kungwane of Johannesburg style duo The Sartists, Sam Lambert and Shaka Maidoh of Art Comes First, Street Etiquette's Joshua Kissi and Travis Gumbs, and British-Ghanaian designer Ozwald Boateng, to name just a few. Read more on Black Dandy via Shadow & Act, and stay tuned for news on when the film becomes available to stream outside of France. Until then, watch a trailer below.

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Interview: Wavy The Creator Is Ready to See You Now

The multidisciplinary Nigerian-American artist on tapping into all her creative outlets, creating interesting things, releasing a new single and life during quarantine.

A trip canceled, plans interrupted, projects stalled. It is six months now since Wavy the Creator has had to make a stop at an undisclosed location to go into quarantine and get away from the eye of the pandemic.

The professional recording artist, photographer, writer, fashion artist, designer, and evolving creative has been spending all of this time in a house occupied by other creatives. This situation is ideal. At least for an artist like Wavy who is always in a rapid motion of creating and bringing interesting things to life. The energy around the house is robust enough to tap from and infuse into any of her numerous creative outlets. Sometimes, they also inspire trips into new creative territories. Most recently, for Wavy, are self-taught lessons on a bass guitar.

Wavy's days in this house are not without a pattern, of course. But some of the rituals and personal rules she drew up for herself, like many of us did for internal direction, at the beginning of the pandemic have been rewritten, adjusted, and sometimes ditched altogether. Some days start early and end late. Some find her at her sewing machine fixing up thrift clothes to fit her taste, a skill she picked up to earn extra cash while in college, others find her hard at work in the studio, writing or recording music.

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