Influencers Of The Past Influencing Today!

Confession: I AM VINTAGE OBSESSED. 

Often when I am shopping around for pieces to add to my wardrobe I look for style inspiration from many of the artists and activists of the past to help give me a sense of direction. When trying to narrow down to some of my favorites we’ve got Nina Simone, Diana Ross, Dorothy Dandrige and The Black Panther Party For Self Defense (because it is hard as hell to pick just one person from the party). I’ve always felt like the icons of the past had such a smooth approach to getting dressed and whether it was glamorous or minimal it was always “A Look!”

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Curious to know what others thought on amazing activists and artists of the past with a great sense of style, I asked only a fraction of the dopest people I follow on Instagram who they thought were heavy hitters in this category. Check it Out!

Terrance, @terranceghenderson says Malcom X and Abba Bivens!

Vic, @victor_or_victim says Marvin Gay! 

Joel, @just_joel_ says James Baldwin!

  • Be sure to stay tuned for his upcoming projects

Branden, @onyxsus says Huey Newton and Assata Shakur!

  • Check out his styling company @grandeur.styling

Betty, @blackbettyent says June Jordan, Sara Vaughn and Ntozake Shange!

  • Be sure to stay tuned for her upcoming projects

Lanise @seedofosun say Elaine Brown!

  • Be sure to stay tuned for her blog coming soon

Matt, @matt_mumbo says Tupac and Bunchy Carter!

  • Check him out on Facebook: Matthew Lee

Deb, @wayofcakes says Nina Simone and Angela Davis!

Dre, @moor_kiing says James Baldwin and Huey Newton! 

Jazmyne, @jazmynedrake says Eartha Kitt! 

Check her out on all of her social media platforms listed below!

(which I have ordered from and love my melanin shirt!)

Nadirah, @nadirah_naima says, Billie Holiday and Nina Simone!

Check her out on all of her social media platforms listed below!

Amaara, @amaara.lynn says Chaka Khan! 

Check her out on all of her social media platforms listed below!

  • Check out her business page @curlwhatever_ on Instagram

(which I have ordered from and love her shea butter!)

Now the next person who I want to ask is you!?

Who are some of your favorite activists or artists with a great sense of style?

Conscious, Culture, Art Always. 

Black Manhattan