Monday, March 24, 2014
Gyasi Clothing Exclusive
Considered a Yoruba prince back home, culture is important to the progression of the black community for Dakari Thurmon. Gyasi meaning wonderful one in Swahili, illustrates the creative power behind Gyasi Clothing --- getting back to our roots.
"Gyasi Clothing is about bringing culture into fashion. As a culture we're lost. [Most] rappers out here promoting drugs and self-destructive stuff, but not speaking about our roots. That's why I listen to conscious rappers like Common, Talib Kweli and Mos Def --- they rap about issues worth listening to."
Majority of the youth do not know their history outside of slavery and the common examples, Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, Rosa Parks, Fredrick Douglas, Harriet Tubman and Booker T. Washington. There is nothing wrong with these examples. Much can be learned from them, but the black conscious community must gain knowledge beyond the "accepted" black history. In order to break the stereotypes given to the black community, they must see, hear and read positive messages of all types.
"I pay more attention to the inventors. That's our biggest downfall, especially to our youth, not telling them where we come from. Our ancestors deserve our respect, and as the black community tries to grow we need to know who came before us."
To see what's coming soon from Gyasi Clothing find them on Instagram(@gyasiclothing) and check out www.gyasiclothing.com