September 2, 2014

Arts and Culture

Saturday Open Thread: Black Male Model Pioneers


Welcome to the weekend POU! In 2013, the fashion brand DSquared2 introduced its fall line using only black male models. It's pretty rare that you see a model of color featured in an ad campaign for a major fashion brand, but it's almost … [Read more...]

Wednesday Open Thread: Black Male Model Pioneers

rashid silvera

Happy Hump Day POU! Today's feature is a Social Studies teacher that fell into modeling as a second career. Rashid Silvera For nearly 25 years, Rashid Silvera taught high school social studies in Scarsdale, N.Y., and earned a second … [Read more...]

Tuesday Open Thread: Black Male Model Pioneers

urs gq

Good Morning POU! Today's feature is the first black man to cover GQ Magazine (Renauld White was the first African-American). Urs Althaus Born in 1956, Urs Althaus was raised by his Swiss mother in Altdorf (Switzerland) in the Canton of … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: Black Male Model Pioneers


Good Morning POU! This week we'll feature pioneers in the fashion industry. It took until the 1970s before African American men began gaining access to modeling jobs with major fashion houses and the opportunity to cover major magazines - and that … [Read more...]

Monday Open Thread: Lies My History Teacher Told Me


This week's open thread will cover interesting historical facts from two books by James W. Loewen. I have read several of Loewen's books, since I am a history nut. I have discovered some great information and I thought I would share. He is also the … [Read more...]

Sunday Open Thread: Eric B and Rakim Musical Brunch


Eric B. & Rakim were an American hip hop duo, composed of DJ Eric B. (born Eric Barrier, November 8, 1965) and MC Rakim(born William Michael Griffin Jr., January 28, 1968). Hailing from Long Island, New York, the duo were referred to by the … [Read more...]

Saturday Open Thread: Gil Scott-Heron


Influence Scott-Heron's work has influenced writers, academics and musicians, from indie rockers to rappers. His work during the 1970's influenced and helped engender subsequent African-American music genres, such as hip-hop and neo-soul. He has … [Read more...]