Things (This) Uppity Negro Likes: Benjamin Bixby Clothing Line

We’ve all heard of the blog “Stuff White People Like” (wow, they’re using the same WordPress format as I do and they’ve paid to get that “.wordpress” dropped from theirs, don’t worry about it, I’m gonna do it one of these days) and the answer to it “Stuff Black People Love” and it’s close cousin “Stuff Educated Black People Like” the latter is now defunct blog with the last post in May 2008–but I’m still going strong over here at the UNN (yup, one year celebration on October 15th, 2008). 

So, I guess I’m starting a new topic called “Stuff (This) Uppity Negro Likes” simply because I’m quite sure some others like me are attracted to this and others, who perhaps, aren’t.

Actually, AverageBro and his post beat me to what I really wanted to write about which was Andre 3000’s clothing line called Benjamin Bixby that finally got picked up by Barney’s NY during fashion week back in September.  Clearly this is a throwback to 1930’s era clothing lines.  Meh, it does look a little different, but it’s definitely something that an uppity Negro like myself takes a “cotton” to.

Yeah, I did say “cotton to.”

Aside from ending the sentence in a preposition, I just couldn’t help but think about what AverageBro said when he did his post on this.

I don’t shop in the mall much, so I’m not even sure this stuff ever sells for the actual retail price in legitimate (ie: non-ghetto mall/swap meet knockoff) stores. In fact, the only time I ever really see any of these “lines” is when I occasionally stop by a discount retailer like Marshalls or TJ Maxx. Those stores are like a graveyard for these “urban clothing lines”. I still see FUBU gear in there to this day.

I guess it was For Us, By Us, and Abandoned By Us. It’s also 50% off, so rack up.

Thus, I wonder how long it’ll be before Outkast’s Andre 3000’s Benjamin Bixby line ends up on the clearance rack, cause I just can’t see nobody wanting to dress up like some ghetto Bagger Vance. [emphasis added]

Yeah, a Ghetto Bagger Vance.

Suffice it to say, he wasn’t in favor of this.  Personally, I draw the lines at the knickers mahself, but I’m quite sure that there are some young men out here at the AUC would rock this with no questions asked.  I mean, couldn’t you just see some NPHC male organization come out at Morehouse’s homecoming dressed like the above pictures?

Well, hopefully I’ll find some other things that this uppity Negro likes and I will be sure to share it with you all.

Seriously, would I look like a ghetto Bagger Vance if I rocked these fits?

Keep it uppity and keep it truthfully radical, JLL


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