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An Interview on Black Fashion as a Means of Expression


Q & A with Cheyann McKee, VP and Secretary of BSI about what black fashion means to her:

Q: How do you think fashion has evolved in African American culture?

A: I think African American fashion has evolved in such a way that we’ve become multidimensional. What I mean by this is that we embrace a multitude of different fashion types such as: Mainstream American, Typical Urban, Retro, and Traditional African. This makes African American fashion so versatile and unique because we still succeed in making any style our own with the use of different accessories. For example, I may wear an outfit known as boho chic, but if I incorporate an African head-wrap, it becomes a different style.

Q: What does it mean to you?

A: To me, African American fashion is important because it can be more than just clothing; it’s an expression of oneself. I think we’re in a time where a lot of African Americans are wearing clothing that signifies something significant to us such as clothing that focuses on equality. Ex: Black Lives Matter, I Can’t Breathe, etc.

“It can be more than just clothing; it’s an expression of oneself.” – Cheyann McKee

Q: How would you say your style is different from others?

A: I’d say my style is different than others because I’m very open minded, and I enjoy experimenting with different outfits.

Q: How do you feel about the events dealing with fashion on campus? Like blackout week, funk fest, etc.?

A: Lastly, I’m a commuter, so I don’t always know if the events taking place. However, I did notice the Black Out that Sigma Gamma Rho initiated for the week of Black Panther, and I enjoyed that. I’m also extremely excited for Funk Fest. 70’s and 80’s fashion was unique and adorable, so I can’t wait to witness our campus celebrate those styles.

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