African designers are on the rise and I am here for every bit of it. Absolutely obsessed with @LisaFolawiyostudio and her bold prints and unique tailoring. Recently Beyonce has joined the movement and been rocking @Tongorostudio thanks to her bomb stylist Zerina Akers. @Orangeculture representing for the fashionable men and women. These are just a couple African based designers that I love and inspire me. Africa is the Motherland and has so many valuable resources. My hope for Africa is that corruption comes to an end and the people of the continent are no longer robbed of what rightfully belongs to them. I hope that they are able to flourish and enjoy the fruits of their labour.
Beyonce wearing Tongoro
Designer Lisa Folawiyo in her natural radiating happiness state
Growing up in America, the only representation of Africa and Africans given to us was poor, uncivilized, and other untrue negative images. As I grow in consciousness, I can only become aware that this was propaganda to keep America and other governments innocent while they secretly rob this continent rich on so many resources. But fast forward to today, the progress and awareness is growing more and more. Afrobeats are popular now here in America and even artists from Africa are partnering with mainstream American music artists to make groundbreaking music for us all to enjoy. Celebrities endorsing these Made in Africa brands helps to bring back credibility to the Motherland that has been lied about, stolen from, and manipulated for so many years. Many African groups have migrated to America and set up their own businesses right here for us to enjoy a bit of a culture so rich. We do not deserve but thank you to the aunties and my boyfriend for indulging my taste buds in such a delicious food selection. I Stan. Africa til infinity.
We now have access to people from all over the world in an instant moment. Whether it be through our phones, social media, or some app. It is quite intriguing to think that at one time in order to speak to someone halfway across the world you had to wait weeks. That’s just absurd I know. But these are real advancements in technology that we have to thank for these now everyday norms.
Do you use technology for work? How many hours of the day are you using your cell phone? These are questions that make you realize how instant time has become.
There’s really nothing in between you and accessing things that may or may not be “far” away. What I find most interesting is that with the prevalence of cell phones and technology there becomes a spill over of work life and personal life. I know that for me personally just because I left my work place for the day doesn’t mean that I stop communicating with clients. This is normal for me because fashion is so fast these days that I need to be two steps ahead always if I want to be a sought after wardrobe stylist. Now my clients are catching on and they will text me at any hour about fashion and items they want. Before there was this concept of an appropriate hour and being professional.
I think the more we continue to progress in technology the more fluid time will become. There will be no issue with emailing clients at 10pm on a Monday night. Nor will there be a problem with you texting your coworker at 11pm about a project you guys are working on together. Of course an immediate response won’t be required but the communication is there and ready for response at the other persons earliest convenience.
The idea of time sometimes will have you missing out on opportunities. Why not send that proposal of that great idea you came up with when it comes to you? Why wait for the appropriate hour and then potentially forget or worse lose the idea? Some people will say just draft it and send it during business hours. Okay so you write down the idea just before you go to sleep, you wake up and start your day. Things don’t go expected and you’re busy asf at work and the day goes by without you proposing that idea. Now it’s the next day, someone else has proposed a great idea and your boss loves it and you’re too late. I do believe like the quote says that “Time is of the essence”.
I think that the meaning of time gets misconstrued and is easy to take and make of it what you choose. One thing for sure time is precious and valuable. The time is now.
What are your thoughts about time?
All images taken at the Guggenheim Museum in NYC.