Dandy Lion: Photographing The Worldwide 'Black Dandy' Style Phenomenon

'Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity' is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago April 6 to July 12.

All images courtesy of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago

Last week France's CANAL+ aired a new documentary about Black Dandyism. In just a week from now, the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago will launch a new series dedicated to the worldwide style phenomenon. Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity, which touts itself as the first comprehensive exhibition of its kind, shines its spotlight on young men across the Diaspora who are defying stereotypical and monolithic notions of "Black masculinity" through the way they dress. According to a press release, "Juxtaposed against an urban backdrop, the 'hip hop' generation’s Black Dandy is noticeably different from the historical minstrel or Harlem Renaissance queer prototype. The 21st century Black Dandy’s sartorial choices are an expression of the African aesthetic rather than an imitation of European high-brow society. Using their self-fashioned bodies as sites of resistance, contemporary Black dandies are complicating modern narratives of what it means to be Black, masculine and fashionable today."

The exhibition will feature work by more than 25 photographers and filmmakers, including Terence Nance, Laylah Amatullah Barrayn (who was recently behind these stunning portraits of Senegal's Baye Fall brotherhood), Sierra Leonean NY-based Deconstructing She photographer Adama Delphine Fawundu, Mozambique's Cassi Amanda Gibson, Namibian style guru Loux The Vintage Guru, Johannesburg photographer Harness Hamese, Gentleman Of Bacongo photographer Daniele Tamagni, and Rog Walker (who also shot Solange's wedding portraits).

Dandy Lion: (Re)Articulating Black Masculine Identity, curated by Brooklyn/Philadelphia-based curator Shantrelle P. Lewis, is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago from April 6 to July 12, 2015.


The Fugees Will Be Playing Live Concerts In Ghana & Nigeria

Ready or not.

The legendary Fugees have announced that they will be reuniting for their first shows in 15 years for a string of concerts across North America, Europe and West Africa.

The reunion tour will be celebrating the anniversary of their classic 1996 album, The Score.

Ms. Lauryn Hill, Wyclef Jean and Pras Michel will be embarking on a 12-city global tour, which will have them landing in Nigeria and Ghana for a pair of December show dates — we'll have more details on those to come.

The tour starts this week with a 'secret' pop-up show at an undisclosed location in New York City on Wednesday (9/22) in support of Global Citizen Live. The rest of the dates will kick-off in November and see The Fugees playing concerts across Chicago Los Angeles, Atlanta, Oakland, Miami, Newark, Paris, London, and Washington DC, before finishing off in Nigeria and Ghana.

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