Glover welcomes more socially acceptable clothing choices for black men but doubts society can turn back the sartorial clock. "Nothing's going to be rebuilt, but more people will have the option to do what they like to do. You won't have the pressure of only wearing Sean John or Fubu." Adams agrees: "Elegance takes more effort than most people are willing to bother with, which is part of its charm, but I can't see it becoming a mass movement." But perhaps widespread revolution is not the point. "Now, thanks to these young men like Fonzworth Bentley," Adams adds, "blacks have more options about how to express themselves in terms of style "” and that's a good thing."
so blacks can only make clothing choices based on what corporate america (mtv, magazines, etc...) tells them is acceptable?
Michael Henry Adams' epiphany came in the quiet stillness of the Akron Public Library. Hanging on the wall were photographs of the Harlem Renaissance era by James Van Der Zee. "There were images of blacks who were every bit as polished and elegant as Clark Gable or Cary Grant," Adams says. "That was a revelation for me, and also a justification. Before that, I would have felt that to identify with the style of Fred Astaire would have not been something that reflected blackness."
i hope he was 10 years old when he had this 'epiphany' because you'd have to be a clueless fool not to know that people of all races dressed better in the old days. kind of reminds me of those black guys who think guitar is for white boys. the best guitarists, besides jimmy page, have all been black or latino. edited for bad spelling.