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What Went Down April + Mixtape

So I started drafting this post and realized that the normal format I do for monthly wrap-ups just wasn’t cutting it, instead, I decided to just talk about the highlight of April: my college tours trip. And of course my monthly mixtape because April music was lit.

Spontaneous trips are always fun, and this one was no different. We set out before the sun on a Thursday morning and drove the 4 hours to Atlanta from Nashville. First stop was Clark Atlanta University for a tour. The campus is in the heart of ATL which gives it the city feel that I like. While we were there, we had the amazing opportunity to see their art gallery, which was my favorite part.

The fashion students created a look based on certain works of art and accompanying pieces of poetry. It was so beautiful and completely my thing.

 

Next we went to the historical Tuskegee University in Alabama. This is the university Booker T. Washington started after reconstruction. Just being on the campus after reading Booker T. Washington’s autobiography last year was powerful.

Our final stop was Alabama State University in Montgomery, Alabama. Our tour there was so polished and informative, all the students and faculty we met were kind and helpful, that school made an amazing first impression.

Overall, this trip got me even more excited about college because now I can feel it becoming real for me. It was a really fun trip and all of the schools were so worth my visit.

 

Shifting gears because I just really wanted to share my playlist like this was a regular What Went Down post, here are my most loved/played songs of April 2018.

  • Don’t Leave Me ~BTS
  • Chance of Love ~TVXQ!
  • Thunder ~EXO
  • Blooming Day ~EXO CBX
  • Sweet Dreams ~EXO CBX
  • Polygon Dust ~Porter Robinson
  • Jealousy ~Monsta X
  • Shine ~Pentagon
  • Redbone ~Childish Gambino
  • No Scrubs ~TLC
  • Haru Haru (acoustic version) ~BigBang
  • Tender ~Jones
  • Plz Don’t Be Sad ~Highlight
  • I Got You ~Jaylon Ashaun
  • lovely ~Billy Eilish, Khalid
  • Rewind ~GOT7
  • Us ~GOT7
  • Baby Don’t Like It ~NCT 127
  • 90s Babies ~Victoria Monet
  • Mad Generation ~Victoria Monet
  • Paradise ~GOT7
  • sidetoside ~Chris McClenney
  • The Move ~Reva Devito
  • One ~Samuel
  • After the Storm ~Kali Uchis, Bootsy Collins, Tyler the Creator
  • What You Mean to Me ~Chris McClenney
  • Run ~Chris McClenney
  • Off-Road ~Pentagon
  • Do It For Fun ~Pentagon
  • Fallin ~Monsta X

I hope you enjoyed my different format for this month, and look forward to some epic posts in May!

Stay fly,

~Akilah

 

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Fashion Legalism

Legalism noun le·gal·ism \ˈlē-gə-ˌli-zəm\ strict, literal, or excessive conformity to the law or to a religious or moral code

Legalism exists in many places. Surprisingly, or not surprisingly, it is rampant as it relates to fashion. Here are some interesting instances of fashion legalism through the years:

In 1682 Peter the Great became Tsar of Russia and with him he brought decidedly European dressing styles. He outlawed the long caftans, loose trousers and large boots characteristic of Russian culture. He even imposed a mandatory beard shaving on Russian men. Some defied this law, however, favoring the long beards that honored Russian tradition.

Fast forward to France in 1804, where the newly crowned Napoleon enforced his own clothing standards. In an attempt to revive the French textile industry, Napoleon demanded that women not wear the same dress to court more than once. (Not cool Napoleon, unless of course you’re going to pay for all the Frenchwomen’s closets.)

Then later in Europe and the United States, policemen patrolled beaches armed with rulers. They scoured the sand for men without skirts over their swim trunks (yes skirts), and women whose skirts were too far above the knee.

Speaking of hemlines, in the 1920s a bill was proposed in Utah that could fine and imprison a woman whose skirt was more than three inches above the ankle. Similarly, in Virginia there was a bill that forbade women to expose more than three inches of her throat. These bills, fortunately, did not pass.

In China during the cultural revolution of the 1960s another example of legalism emerged. Chairman Mao aimed to destroy the “Four Olds” old ideas, old culture, old customs, and old habits. Therefore, he banned any pants with a leg narrower than eight inches for women and nine inches for men. High school students marched around stuffing beer bottles up pants’ legs. If the bottle could not be stuffed into the leg, they were considered “four olds” and were cut open to shame the wearer.

When those in power try to mandate the choices of others it never ends well. None of these practices survived the fall of the specific government or leader. They died, yet fashion legalism is still rampant today.

What examples of legalism have you come across in the fashion world and beyond? Share your own examples in the comments.

Stay fly friends!

~Akilah