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Compassion for fashion

January 28, 2009

BAA, Give Michelle Obama a break. She looked great on Inauguration Day and the designers she chose each had an amazing stories and represented what Barack Obama focused his entire campaign on: change.

Here is the statement BAA’s founder Amnau Eele said:

“It’s fine and good if you want to be all ‘Kumbaya’ and ‘We Are the World’ by representing all different countries. But if you are going to have Isabel Toledo do the inauguration dress, and Jason Wu do the evening gown, why not have Kevan Hall, B Michael, Stephen Burrows or any of the other black designers do something too?”

I wouldn’t exactly say Michelle Obama represented the ‘kumbaya’ movement, but more so represented giving new and talented multicultural designers the spotlight they deserve. Have a little compassion for fashion, Eele.

P.S. I’m so happy Eele used the word “kumbaya” in her quote.

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  1. February 24, 2009 8:18 pm

    > Subject: First lady Michelle Obama wears Chinese designer Jason Wu’s dress on the cover of Vogue magazine while most Chinese in China think blacks are Devils.
    > > It’s really tragic and sad that America’s
    > first
    > > black first lady would choose to wear and continue to
    > > support a designer from a country (China), that thinks
    > all
    > > black people are “black Devils”, many
    > Chinese also
    > > avoid sitting next to black people on city buses, many
    > > Africans suffer the indignity of being quizzed by
    > Chinese
    > > that believe that Africa is a primitive place that
    > lacks
    > > modern cities and transport,there is also official
    > Chinese
    > > police harassment where Africans are evicted from
    > living in
    > > rental apartments after Chinese residents complain to
    > the
    > > police of “the black devils making too much
    > > noise”, Taxi cabs will not stop to pick up
    > Africans
    > > claiming that they might be cheated and signs on
    > public
    > > buildings where Africans live in China read “you
    > have entered an area that
    > > is under 24 hour security surveillance”.
    > > All of this horrific information about chinese-black
    > > relationships can be found in an African magazine that
    > was
    > > passed out during fashion week in NYC at
    > > http://www.arisemagazine.net search “The Eastern
    > Promise” pages 75-79.
    > Last week the NY Post newspaper owned by Rupert Murdock and
    > his Chinese wife Wendy Deng ran a cartoon of President Obama
    > as a monkey killed by the NYC police department.

    > >
    > >Question:
    > Why would a black woman, America’s first black first
    > > lady continue to support a designer from a country
    > that
    > > think black people, African people are primitive and
    > > monkeys?
    >
    > >Question:
    > Why would an Ivy league educated black woman choose to
    > > educate her black daughters about J.Crew, before she
    > > educates them about legendary black designers like Mr.
    > > Arthur McGee and Mr. Scott Barrie?
    >
    > > Black Artists Association NYC first presented these
    > > questions to the fashion media and we were mis-quoted
    > in a
    > > WWD newspaper article written by Rosemary Feitelberg
    > with silly quotes like “We are the world”,
    > “Kumbaya” and “It was our moment”, and
    > > threaten with DEATH and attacked on the streets of NYC
    > for
    > > asking “why America’s first black first lady
    > is not
    > > wearing or supporting black designers?”
    > No one in the black media/blogs fact checked the WWD story
    > before attacking BAA or Amnau Eele.
    >
    > > After 232 all white American presidents, 232 all white
    > > American first ladies and the 232 all white designers
    > that
    > > dressed those 232 all white American first ladies,
    > > “CHANGE” came for everyone on JAN 20, 2009
    > in
    > > America, except the American black designer.
    >
    > > Black Artists Association look forward to presenting
    > these
    > > questions and the sad stories of the hatred on the black
    > media/blogs that were directed BAA’s way to the White
    > House and the people of D.C. at our
    > > first ” Washington, D.C. Fashion forum” in
    > April
    > > 2009.
    > > At this forum , BAA will announce the winning black
    > designer
    > > or black design student that will have a chance to
    > dress one
    > > of BAA’s artists that is up for an Emmy nomination this
    > year
    > > in L.A. CA.
    > > At Black Artists Association we hope to demonstrate
    > the
    > > TRUE definition of “CHANGE”.
    > >
    > >
    > > Thank You,
    > > Black Artists Association

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