The Diamond Edition
A Young Brother  and Big Brother-
I have a bunch of Black male mentors in my background but this Brother, Mr. Mohamad Machioudi, a  sales associate at the Ralph Lauren Mansion on 72nd and Madison Avenue really showed me about a whole new world of style, dressing and presentation of myself.
In about three years of knowing this Brother I went from wearing baggy everything and wasting money, to buying my size and purchasing investment pieces instead of things that go out of style quickly.  In short, he’s changed many things about me in an astronomically positive way.  
I just wanted to throw him some love on here, to show that role models do exist and make differences; and also to wish him the best in his recent engagement and future marriage to another positive Sister doing her thing. 
Photos by Diamond Bradley. 
P.S.: By 25 I’ll need a Black Label suit just…like that! 

A Young Brother  and Big Brother-

I have a bunch of Black male mentors in my background but this Brother, Mr. Mohamad Machioudi, a  sales associate at the Ralph Lauren Mansion on 72nd and Madison Avenue really showed me about a whole new world of style, dressing and presentation of myself.

In about three years of knowing this Brother I went from wearing baggy everything and wasting money, to buying my size and purchasing investment pieces instead of things that go out of style quickly.  In short, he’s changed many things about me in an astronomically positive way.  

I just wanted to throw him some love on here, to show that role models do exist and make differences; and also to wish him the best in his recent engagement and future marriage to another positive Sister doing her thing

Photos by Diamond Bradley

P.S.: By 25 I’ll need a Black Label suit just…like that! 

itsdlovely:

Love my Kay Windsor dress!

My lovely cousin and one of the best Women I’ll ever know.

itsdlovely:

Love my Kay Windsor dress!

My lovely cousin and one of the best Women I’ll ever know.

So Let Me Get This “Straight…”

It’s ok, if I’m gay?  I stumbled across a woman, who told me “Marry Her,” because of my attributes (Dressing, eloquent, schooling, working, intelligent…such and such…) As a Black man nowadays, I must be a myth to have all of these things and not be homosexual, at least, that’s what this particular woman told me.  I found this to be extremely interesting, as to how it’s the norm if this is what a Black man is, or is expected to be if he has a fashion sense and education.  I don’t see where we became comfortable with this, and it’s fine to be extraordinary and all that, but, for her to tell me, “It’s ok if I am gay,” and, “She understands,” still doesn’t sit well with me.

This is something she should not be comfortable; nor understand.  Why can’t a straight Black man have fashion sense, intelligence and values—not in Air Jordan Eleven’s but something of substance, like a how a man is to truly behave.  Given, our circumstances have uprooted most of us from any foundation, but their plan does not have to work as well as it seems to.

Why can’t a straight Black man speak well and have a good job?  Have things gone so far to the point where this character of colored male is discontinued?  Even in that raw, apocalyptic case, the Black Woman’s DIScomfort and anger at the possibility of that being the norm should tilt the world’s axis a couple degrees over.

In my opinion, no way in the world should this be cool.  I am not homophobic, but we’ve already lost Brothers in their minds, before exiting the womb, and outside the womb, to the streets and jails, basically to waste away in modern day slavery.  Why should it be ok that I like men, because it just can’t be true, if I have all these attributes, that I’m attracted to Women

Pssshh, as I stated in my last post..well I guess it goes without saying. 

Nonetheless, something is VERY wrong with that.  And to the Brothers out there similar to myself; if we have friends LIKE US, I believe we should expose that, and give Black Women hope that they don’t have to find a plan b, when plan A, although a syringe in a haystack, is right in the library, or at work, or on the bus next to you.  Shucks, some of us may be afraid to approach ya’ll, so, ladies, don’t be afraid to make the first move lol..but we’re definitely out here…Now I want a kiss cheek from a Sister!

There Are Interesting People

There are those imaginary people

That you see on campus

The pretty woman

The well-dressed man

Who’s taps slap the concrete

So you hear him from a convo away


And the chick with the Chanel No. 5

On all the time

Like a light in the projects

That you smell after

Watching her back go.

Those Hippie people that camp on blades

Of grass.  And cram the grass

In a makeshift cigarette

Rising above a cloud

Ready to reveal the truth about

Today’s subject they never read on.

The protesting few

Boxing for causes, like meal plans

And tuition.

I’ve stayed in my own little haze

Trying to escape entrapment

Paying for this piece of paper

That some professors could care

Less

Of what it’s worth to you.

"I’ve got mine already," as my mother

would say. 

These interesting people

Include the janitors buffing floors

At twenty-two, passing your Art course

And you’re wondering why

He’s got dust on his pants

Instead of paint.

The fine security guard

Who winks

So you don’t have to show I.D.

The cute guy behind the hot counter

Who makes your Starbucks

How you need it.

Those interesting teachers

That make you feel

Like you’re getting your money’s worth

Even if it aint yours.

Lord Knows…

I can’t wait for Fall to dress…

79th & Lexington.
Yeah I was people watching..but like I said a couple posts prior, aint nothing like a woman reading.  Steps become fantasy, the air she breathes is her story.  In my eyes, in my camera, she was the book she was holding, to me. 
Plus, from across the street, she looked like she had style!  But I wasn’t about to interrupt a Sista’s reading!  
Go ahead Black Girl..
Photograph by Diamond Bradley.

79th & Lexington.

Yeah I was people watching..but like I said a couple posts prior, aint nothing like a woman reading.  Steps become fantasy, the air she breathes is her story.  In my eyes, in my camera, she was the book she was holding, to me.

Plus, from across the street, she looked like she had style!  But I wasn’t about to interrupt a Sista’s reading! 

Go ahead Black Girl..

Photograph by Diamond Bradley.

Most definitely a fan of Bowties, I was introduced to this website by my mentor.  A plaid; paisley guy myself, these ties stood out to me incredible, from the vibrancy of the colors to the patterns and variety of fabrics…
All ties are $35.00 each, and all inquiries can be made through the website itself by contacting a Mr. Henry J. Lawton.
-Henry.Lawton@hclexclusives.com
904.446.6141
Please check it out at http://www.hclexclusives.com

Most definitely a fan of Bowties, I was introduced to this website by my mentor.  A plaid; paisley guy myself, these ties stood out to me incredible, from the vibrancy of the colors to the patterns and variety of fabrics…

All ties are $35.00 each, and all inquiries can be made through the website itself by contacting a Mr. Henry J. Lawton.

-Henry.Lawton@hclexclusives.com

904.446.6141

Please check it out at http://www.hclexclusives.com

This was calling my blog.

This was calling my blog.

Lol a friend of mine said these remind her of me.  I appreciate the compliment, these shoes are incredible.  You’re looking at a pair of Gibson White Wingtips that, last seen at Hypebeast.com. 
Most definitely a summer shoe, I would rock em with some madras or tartan to spice up my body palette, or solid leg-wear and color or design-spruced socks to add attention to my feet, but not too much. 
I’d call them a dressier version of a white buck, with full-wings to fly you into a ladies arms!  A good brogue isn’t too difficult to find, but a great brogue is.  These are the latter.  To throw some dash on your toes, it’ll only run you about $620.00 on them.  Nothing for your pockets to get depressed over lol…
For more information, peep Leffot.

Lol a friend of mine said these remind her of me.  I appreciate the compliment, these shoes are incredible.  You’re looking at a pair of Gibson White Wingtips that, last seen at Hypebeast.com

Most definitely a summer shoe, I would rock em with some madras or tartan to spice up my body palette, or solid leg-wear and color or design-spruced socks to add attention to my feet, but not too much. 

I’d call them a dressier version of a white buck, with full-wings to fly you into a ladies arms!  A good brogue isn’t too difficult to find, but a great brogue is.  These are the latter.  To throw some dash on your toes, it’ll only run you about $620.00 on them.  Nothing for your pockets to get depressed over lol…

For more information, peep Leffot.