Black Dress

Amnau Eele is the co-founder of the Black Artist Association is admonishing First Lady Michelle Obama for not wearing works by Black Designers during the Inauguration.

I’m sorry dude, but this is absolutely ridiculous. What difference does it make whether the First Lady is wearing a dress by a Cuban American or an African American? I’m Black and although I like Rocawear, Sean John, and Russell Simmons’ Argyle Culture I don’t have it on 24/7. This is ridiculous. She can wear whatever she wants to wear.

What are you wearing?

Our First Lady is a pretty woman and her dress was equally as beautiful as she is. Just because she’s Black doesn’t mean she’s obligated to wear only Black designed clothes. Why is this an issue? Perhaps the President should have come out in some Black Dickey’s and some Timberland’s with a gold chain with the Presidential Seal, how about that. Maybe the First Lady could have worn one of those Jersey dresses with the #1 on the back. Come on now, this is crazy.

The First Lady was working what she had on, so chill out. Go get yourself a Latte and sit in the corner and roll your eyes at everyone walking by you deem to be a fashion mishap.

Dr. Jill Biden was looking good too, but I guess I’m only supposed to comment on the attractiveness of Black women. Whatever, we have a beautiful woman in the White House and another equally beautiful woman in the Navel Conservatory (VP Residence). Just for added measure Laura Bush was a nice looking woman too. J

By-the-way, I submit this article wearing the following:

Shoes: Johnston-Murphy, Socks: Geoffrey Beane, Pants: Nautica, Shirt: Stafford, Sweater: Chaps, Belt: Nautica, Leather Belt-Clip: Blackberry


References & Inspirations
NPR: News & Notes – 01/26/09 “That Was Our Moment
WWD Fashion – 01/22/09 “First Lady Under Fire.. Nice, Choe Sevigny… Karl’s House
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3 thoughts on “Black Dress

  1. This is such a non-issue. I am sure there are many more serious issues the Black Artist Association could be addressing. But, deep down, the real issue here is M-O-N-E-Y. It’s the need and desire to get on the “Obama” financial express–to be touched by their golden touch. Anything they”endorse” will be made “instantly” successful.

    I’m sorry but Amnau needs to get over it. And instead of writing the First Lady a whiny letter, use that energy and come up with something that might appeal to her in the future. I’m sure there will be many opportunities for her to select other gowns.

  2. Tim, thanks for making me laugh. HA!

    I think if this Black Artist Association wants the first lady to look at designs by an artist that they know of, the proper thing to do is to submit the information in a professional manner. The White House is a professional place, not their cousin’s fish fry. Instead, they whine about her fist public appearance. I don’t understand how an Association can be this unprofessional and spending their effort on whining instead of marketing what they hope Ms. Obama would like. Ridiculous. We all want the gravy train. Might I suggest that they become more professional before they start demanding the gravy bowl. 😦

  3. I found the real story of what happened to Amnau Eele at WWD.
    After reading the story by Washington Post writer and Huffington Post contributor Joyce Moore,
    I am left wondering if Ms.Eele is sitting at the table ready to prove with her e-mail interviews that she never made those statements, then why is WWD not willing to come to that table and prove she made those comments?
    I called WWD and they said no comments.
    Wolfe Blitzer is asking the same question on CNN, during the “Situation Room’s”
    ” Black Designers Are Upset With First Lady Michelle Obama” segement.

    What’s really tragic about all of this, is that a black woman that simply asked where are the black designers in the first lady’s closet at the White house?
    and how do we encourage young black children too aspire to design, if there are no black designers as role models?
    Got lynched by the media and bloggers all over the world, based on a story that was not fact checked in the Bernard Madoff era.
    Did any one of you think maybe WWD saw a way to sell their paper in bad financial times?
    The WWD writer is now famous and WWD sold out both days that Ms. Eele’s story ran.
    I called WWD to buy extra copies and I was told they were sold out on both issues of the paper.

    Support of black designers and black design students will provide jobs for people of all colors and maybe the black youth and many black males will be able to get jobs in design and retail, instead of selling drugs or going to jail as an option.
    President Obama’s half brother was arrested for selling drugs as a poor black man in a poor African country, support of black designers and all designers in the retail industry can provide jobs for poor people like Mr. Obama all over the world , no matter their skin color.
    Instead of selling drugs , I’d rather see Mr. Obama work for a black designer or consider design as a career instead of drug dealing.
    I am white and I work for a black designer of jewelry, and without his designs , i would have no job and I couldn’t pay my rent.
    J, Crew, Tracy Feith and Jason Wu are swimming in orders and cash from the first lady’s support, but not black designers..
    No, ms. Eele was right!! Change came on Jan 20, 2009, but not for black designers.

    here’s the interviews that i found on the internet:

    http://jemiltd.bravejournal.com

    http://affilliate.kickapps.com/service/display/kickplace.kickaction?u=2373825&as=16936

    http://www.oprah.com/community/blogs/jemiltd/2009/01/30/amnau-eele-the-real-story

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com

    http://www.youtube.com/jemiltd

    I think “The Media Lynching” of Amnau Eele is going to be a large, but very sad story.
    I’ve learned a lot from this poor woman’s sad story.

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