Fashions from designers Next Level World, Hood Dandy, and Yemi Kosibah, w
Mr. Farley, who’s gained his fashion credibility after several appearances on HuffPost
This social consciousness is buttressed by the cultural impact of professional athletes with their showy styles and global following, although there are some mixed views about the appropriateness of the images projected to the world.
A critique by retired NBA player, Charles Barkley, highlights the conflicting perspectives. In the last basketball season, during a nationally televised game, Barkley set off a storm criticism across black media channels when he chose to comment on player Derrick Rose’s natural style.
Despite such attitudes, the natural hair industry, and related Afro-centric fashion in all its versions, is booming. Market research company, Mintel, reported at the end of 2015 that spending on styling products overall reached $946 million, while spending on relaxers dropped by 18%. National distributor, Glenn Corporation, summarized the trend toward natural hair on their website, stating
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