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Menacing Glares from the Pointer Sisters: A Survey



Street Etiquette: The Black Ivy
September 24, 2010, 3:52 pm
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Everyone and their mother has already posted this project from the Bronx’ own Street Etiquette, and for good reason: “The Black Ivy,” Street Etiquette’s tribute to the style and culture of historically Black colleges produced alongside Unabashedly Prep, is a master class in attention to detail.  Every look is pretty much flawless.  These guys are really blowing up, thanks in no small part to support from the blogosphere and from a certain men’s mag who has taken them under their collective wing.  If they keep churning out quality projects like this, they’ll certainly be around for awhile.  Check out the full slideshow at Street Etiquette — the video is even better.



Greg Evigan + Phylicia Rashad are my fantasy sitcom parents, i think

I mean, nothing says awesome childhood like a rich lady lawyer who’s friends with relics from the Harlem Renaissance for a mom and a dad who wears acid washed jeans every day and has a couch that looks like a car in the middle of his awesome, high-ceilinged downtown loft.

Also, did you know that in real life Phylicia Rashad was once married to the lead singer of the Village People?  Wikipedia, man.  Shit is crazy.



The Kids from “The Cosby Show” are Style Icons

The kids from “The Cosby Show” are style icons.  This is a theory that I feel pretty passionately about, and years spent watching countless episodes of the seemingly endless trials and tribulations of the Huxtable clan — Sondra, Denise, Theo, Vanessa and Rudy (but not Olivia — she’s just a little too Raven for me) — have only bolstered my opinion that these five crazy-bougie-cool kids from Brooklyn were trendsetters and style influencers well ahead of their time.  Take a look at just the episode in which even visually-impaired troubadour Stevie Wonder could see that these kids were fresh to death:

Tavi would totally wear this VANESSA get-up.

RUDY, wearing bowties and suspenders while Janelle Monae was still in Huggies.

THEO was rocking some OG varsity jackets a la Junya ’98, while DENISE had some straight-up Viktor & Rolf / Comme des Garcons shit going on.  And that’s JUST ONE EPISODE, M-Fers!

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Time Capsule: Monica
July 19, 2010, 11:33 pm
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Monica says true love waits.



And all of Stevie’s friends probably told him his back-up dancers were amazing.
July 9, 2010, 12:33 am
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Bonus points for the girl at the top right at 1:21.



Time Capsule: Billy Joel and Christie Brinkley
April 27, 2010, 12:04 am
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Tonight I caught a screening of “Last Play at Shea,” a documentary playing as part of the Tribeca Film Festival that chronicles the story of Billy Joel’s rise to stardom alongside the Mets and the history of Shea Stadium, culminating in Joel’s performance at Shea Stadium shortly before it was demolished.  As someone who is neither a Mets nor a Billy Joel fan (or frankly, a fan of Queens in general), I was surprised by how much I liked the movie.  Not even the presence of Mike Piazza and his weird face/hair was enough to turn me off to the film as a whole.  I also decided that my favorite segment of the storied canon of Billy Joel was the late-Eighties, booze-addled, Christie Brinkley period.  At least from a stylistic perspective, it sort of represents everything that is simultaneously wrong and right with the 80′s, and I love those two crazy kids for that.  Plus, it seemed like they were pretty fun back in the day. A few more photos after the jump.

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Time Capsule: Elvis Costello on SNL
April 3, 2010, 7:55 pm
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In 1977, Elvis Costello and the Attractions filled in for the Sex Pistols on Saturday Night Live when the iconic punk band couldn’t get work visas to perform in New York.  Costello’s record label insisted he perform “Less Than Zero,” despite his desire to play the media-bashing “Radio Radio” (sample lyric: “You better shut up or get cut out/They don’t wanna hear about it/It’s only inches on the reel-to-reel”).  Never one to back down from industry pressure, Costello and his band played a few notes of “Zero,” before grinding to a halt and launching into a legendary version of “Radio Radio,” becoming one of the first acts to be banned from SNL and setting the stage for other groups’ future acts of rock n roll rebellion on live TV.



Time Capsule: Positive K, “I Got a Man”
March 1, 2010, 10:19 pm
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Time Capsule: Grandmaster Flash & Fab 5 Freddy
January 28, 2010, 8:48 pm
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(Image via Nerd Boyfriend — one of my favorite sites)




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