kansas city fashion week (and why i write about fashion)

What have I been up to this month? Good question. As with any response that could easily be said in a few words, I think I’ll start with a quote from the one and only bell hooks:  “When we’re talking about race or class or gender, popular culture is where the pedagogy is, it’s where …

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ten men’s fashion trends women hate

Thank goodness for the Internet's latest slew of articles on fashion, which are titled some variation of X  Fashion Trends Men Hate. Talk about useful information! Skinny jeans may be the most commonly worn type of jeans amongst young women, but evidently, "men want to leave something to the imagination" and skinny jeans put "your entire body" on …

a real phony

I planned to wait until warmer weather to drive to a bookstore and buy Truman Capote's novella Breakfast at Tiffany's, but as it happens, I had already dusted the snow off of my car at 7:30 a.m. in -27 degree windchill (in Fahrenheit) and then survived a whole day at work on what is surely the …

the economics of race and silence: kanye west and bell hooks

Remember when Kanye West said, "[We] brought the leather jogging pants six years ago to Fendi, and they said ‘no.’ How many motherf*ckers you done seen with a leather jogging pant?” in an interview with Zane Lowe on BBC1? And then Jimmy Kimmel thought he'd strike his late night humor chops by recreating the scene with a …