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Black is Beautiful’ and a fashion renaissance

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More than 50 years ago a group of Harlem artists staged a fashion show on the theme of “Black is Beautiful,” changing the American cultural landscape forever. RT America’s Ashlee Banks traveled to Manhattan to speak to leading names in the fashion world about the role of race in the development of fashion, music and film. Find RT America in your area: http://rt.com/where-to-watch/ Or watch us online: http://rt.com/on-air/rt-america-air/ Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/RTAmerica Follow us on Twitter http://twitter.com/RT_America
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TCt83067695 (8 months ago)
why all the dislikes?
James Smith (9 months ago)
humble people are beautiful. The people who want to prove themselves beautiful are ugly.
Derka Derka (10 months ago)
I can't get over how beautiful Iman Abdulmajid (Bowies wife) is. This black and white thing in America is such bull. Just use your eyes. Haley Berry, Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks... wow wow wow.
Ned Walport (11 months ago)
Go ahead, try to have a "white is beautiful" fashion show. Total hypocrisy.
Uncle Ruckus (11 months ago)
i just came from the toilet and if black is beautiful i just pooped out a masterpiece !
Madi go (11 months ago)
Black is Beautiful.
Nitro Express (11 months ago)
Black Panther --- Blaxploitation at it's best.
The Impaler (11 months ago)
If black is beautiful, then purple must be exquisite....... Then how come the great majority of "black" celebrities are, to quote Fred G. Sanford, light, bright, or damned near white? Curse the white devil blood coursing through your veins that gave you light skin, straight hair, and delicate facial features.......
Xavier Washington (8 months ago)
It seems that a lot of black people had to overcome feelings of inferiority about their appearance and features and because they are black with black features did not see themselves as attractive. So “black is beautiful” became an affirmation or rallying cry of hey we are good looking too and we should feel satisfied and even proud of our black features. It was born out of a almost community wide feeling of inferiority of not being valued as good looking as other races. It is also true the “White is Beautiful” would feel at best highly inappropriate. Because that would feel like white is the preferred features, preferred appearance. And if you look at some of the whitening creams on the market to lighten dark skin. Some of the plastic surgery to make black or Asian features appear more white- it is hard to deny there is this unspoken value placed on the white appearance .
bishplis (11 months ago)
this is some fucked up racist shit
Popart 2015 (1 year ago)
Why it needs to be? The explanation here: http://nature-sucks.blogspot.pt/2015/01/why-we-born-racist.html
theothertroll (1 year ago)
Fashion in any color is crap ~
Cerl84 (1 year ago)
i see this attracts white american racists. go figure.
Fred (1 year ago)
Caucasians are beautiful.
Deborah Gregory (1 year ago)
Black Fashion Coverage for Fashion Week. #DeborahGregory, #JonnNubian, #BeverlyJohnson
1:37 wow she looks like an over cooked cabbage.
Zig Clap (1 year ago)
I love black women.
Zig Clap (1 year ago)
I will pay for that ass, fuck it. Big money.
CJ (1 year ago)
It's lame they look to comic book film's, black or white....You're missing out on alot of humanity in general.
Andrew White (1 year ago)
White is beautiful black is just dull and dumb
Andrew White (1 year ago)
Michael Jackson would differ
Leah Hunter (1 year ago)
I am certainly not going to tell my "mixed" daughter that she should prefer one side of her heritage over another. Her friends don't care what color her skin is or about the texture of her hair (except to say it's cool). It's the quality of her character as a compassionate and intelligent human being that is beautiful.
John Smith (1 year ago)
So many racists in the US and most of them are black.
David (1 year ago)
RT how do you feel about a person saying, "White is beautiful"?
Imon2udude (1 year ago)
Only Black is beautiful. When will the fake media examine the ten ton Woolly Mammoth in the room that is over the top unchecked black racism. Black on Asian violence is one hundred times the reverse according to FBI crime stats. Black on white violence is ten times the reverse. Tell me how that's my fault as a white man. Twist those facts and make blacks the victims. I know you can do it. All the fake news does it.
SSMART (1 year ago)
Black is beautiful, what a fake news
Ivan Liukin (1 year ago)
Very brittle dislikes!
Indrid Cold (1 year ago)
If you have to say it.........it isn't true.
Shellyn Willis (1 year ago)
Another Blacksplotation movie, lets make money off the dummies. Like Really! Divert from what's going on
Maqsimous (1 year ago)
This is fucking stupid Everyone knows white women are the most beautiful.
Gene Skinner (1 year ago)
Who is funding this?
ross g manley888 (1 year ago)
jews
2conscious (1 year ago)
OMG.....RT is forced to put the "RT is funded in whole or in part by the Russian government" under their videos, now!!? MEANWHILE, SAUDI ARABIA IS PROVEN AS FINANCIERS (besides the CIA) of the 9/11 terrorists and ISIS. But RUSSIA is the big media-induced scare!!? REALLY !?? What is this, Rocky IV!?? On another note (back on topic) , I love the "Black is beautiful" resurgence. If you're the majority population of a country and your images are plastered everywhere as the beauty ideal....of COURSE you won't get this significance. You take too many things for granted.
Joe Schmoe (1 year ago)
Everybody knows that the white race is the most attractive and sexy.
Gross
bluekron77 (1 year ago)
It seems like blacks have privilege of being racist...
TheLegendaryLinx (1 year ago)
Some blacks are beautiful, common now lets keep it real.
reggie anderson (1 year ago)
TheLegendaryLinx very very very very rarely yes but not worth the welfare, crime, bad smell, extra taxes, bastard kids, and ugly people that they bring. Not wprth it at all
Always Watching. (1 year ago)
Rt you have attracted nothing but white trash hick cuntservatives who fuck their dogs in trailer parks
Dora Tiscareno (1 year ago)
YUK....really 👎
wayne's world (1 year ago)
#BLAXIT
ᴄᴛʀx 14 (1 year ago)
10/10 would bang
I thought there's only one race HUMAN.
EX NIHILO we arent a RACE we are a SPECIES.
firsttofight1000 (1 year ago)
If you have to convince people... Then it’s NOT
Xavier Washington (8 months ago)
It seems that a lot of black people had to overcome feelings of inferiority about their appearance and features and because they are black with black features did not see themselves as attractive. So “black is beautiful” became an affirmation or rallying cry of hey we are good looking too and we should feel satisfied and even proud of our black features. It was born out of a almost community wide feeling of inferiority of not being valued as good looking as other races. It is also true the “White is Beautiful” would feel at best highly inappropriate. Because that would feel like white is the preferred features, preferred appearance. And if you look at some of the whitening creams on the market to lighten dark skin. Some of the plastic surgery to make black or Asian features appear more white- it is hard to deny there is this unspoken value placed on the white appearance .
NaCOrVa (1 year ago)
Black Ain't Beautiful but Their Pussies Is. Black From The Outside N Red From The Inside. Just Like Ordering A Medium Rare Steak.
Kazmo NZ (1 year ago)
black has alllways been #beautiful 😍😍😍 just like white 😍 brown 😍 #honeyz #wahine e hoki mai 😏
FDCbadaman (1 year ago)
its ok to be white.
Xavier Washington (8 months ago)
It seems that a lot of black people had to overcome feelings of inferiority about their appearance and features and because they are black with black features did not see themselves as attractive. So “black is beautiful” became an affirmation or rallying cry of hey we are good looking too and we should feel satisfied and even proud of our black features. It was born out of a almost community wide feeling of inferiority of not being valued as good looking as other races. It is also true the “White is Beautiful” would feel at best highly inappropriate. Because that would feel like white is the preferred features, preferred appearance. And if you look at some of the whitening creams on the market to lighten dark skin. Some of the plastic surgery to make black or Asian features appear more white- it is hard to deny there is this unspoken value placed on the white appearance .
Jessica Cunt (1 year ago)
No one said it was not.
Tonio Alventos (1 year ago)
We are living in times where the colour of the skin or sexual preference are more important than skills and achievements. I wonder where this will end.
Blue -eyed (1 year ago)
Whats beautiful with black people?
Big lips and big asses, awful bushy hair and no brains.
Blue -eyed (1 year ago)
Ofc the racist black supremascist Ashley Banks is behind this propaganda bullshit clip.
zocc116 (1 year ago)
skin color is still a thing? what century is this? also, is it racist to prefer my light green or my girl's deep blue skin color?
Pupin The Turd (1 year ago)
Isn't beauty in the eye of the beholder?
Jo Smooth (1 year ago)
If the black race want to be perceived as beautiful then I suggest black men start looking to date black women. As they say beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
OPERATION ASS CREAM (1 year ago)
Who the Fuck are you kidding RT. Dindu's are best in the wild African Sahara.
Ronnie Stemeseder (1 year ago)
Transgender - there is no real woman or men - Read the Bible
Dora Tiscareno (1 year ago)
WHITE IS BETTER...
Zig Clap (1 year ago)
Dora Tiscareno white women do not look live these young black Africans, they jamm hard baby.
O A (1 year ago)
Everyone goes white, if they can.
Dora Tiscareno (1 year ago)
Too who...yuk
Ilfart 218 (1 year ago)
It's totally cool for black people to segregate and leave out white people. Try doing that as a white person in this day an age. Double standard much?
citoyen (1 year ago)
black is beautiful and White ???? ridiculous !!!!
MrChuckwagon55 (1 year ago)
Black people need to take less responsibility for their own actions and behavior and blame white people more.
O A (1 year ago)
Is it possible though?
Return of the Gorgon (1 year ago)
Lol.... that's why they have a 75 + percent out-of-wedlock birth rate!!!! Cuz men just want to be with that Darkness!!!
MichaelOakes (1 year ago)
That "500 years" comment made her look very dumb as the individual she is
laki666ify (1 year ago)
No chocolate for me THX
fkujakedmyname (1 year ago)
exploiting basquiat should get p diddy jail time
JM C (1 year ago)
Sorry they look mix
Terry Moore (1 year ago)
Really...hardly think they are very nice species at all...
jean luke (1 year ago)
Bald Black women is ugly. Are you kidding me?
Black is Gorgeous. EVERY creature upon the Earth wants to be like the ORIGINAL MOTHER...THE BLACK WOMAN GOD.
Salts McTapster (10 months ago)
I don't want to bleed out of a hole, trust me and neither do you
O A (1 year ago)
Yea that’s why everyone goes white.
wayne's world (1 year ago)
lmao , nobody wants to be the color of shit
The Black gods upon the Earth are the Most Beautiful Women ever known to man and mankind. So called white vampires tan their skin to get black, use lotion with chemicals to get black, have multiple surgeries to sew on a fake butt to get big butts like the natural woman, wearing fake curly wigs to get Afros like the black woman, enlarging their lips and nose to look like the black woman, fucks/marries the Black man in order to obtain what the black woman have had since the beginning of time, and most of all is ALWAYS in black woman's business in order to steal her knowledge and soul. White Caucasian creatures are evil to the core and will suffer greatly for your evil deeds upon the Earth....
Imon2udude (1 year ago)
Imdaboss only libtards do that.
O A (1 year ago)
So called black peoples can go back to the jungle if they don’t like their WiFi
Carlos 11220 (1 year ago)
Don't be a hypocrite. Saying people of a particular color are evil, while calling them creatures in the same sentence.
Dora Tiscareno (1 year ago)
Imdaboss NO BLACK GODS... MORON
Leon612 (1 year ago)
Blacks have flat feet. No arches. Eww.
Mystic Madman (1 year ago)
STOP Everyone STOP and look at the black people. Look at them!!! Did we feed their egos enough? I never saw such emotional insecurity before in my life.
Jason Gibson (1 year ago)
04:35 how ironic! He can’t bring himself to say “that word” but has no hassle with Ni*****
ASARULUDU BANMASKIM (1 year ago)
we don’t have 500 years
BLT4LIFE (1 year ago)
Look at all the bruised egos. 🤣
USA Cartoon TV (1 year ago)
nice mmmmmm
iwona bein (1 year ago)
NWO.
skilled person (1 year ago)
@ross manley, you wanna die racist and face God to explain why!?
XyW (1 year ago)
FUCK YEAH! NWO RULES! GO NWO GO NWO GO NWO! WOOHOO!
Vade Barnett (1 year ago)
Common sense! When Northern Africa, India, Persia and China were bustling civilizations the Europeans were still primitive and when they borrowed the technology from trading with them they sort to destroy the vast amounts of information collected over time while trying to erase their cultures as well even the Christian faith was not spared. Funny thing is that life is a cycle what goes up must come down. Look at Africa, India, Persia (Iran) and China today, gradually taking their rightful place in the sphere of things and still being threatened by people who are destroying themselves - haters not wanting others to excel, but it's only natural and undeniable no matter how many bombs you want to drop on it...lol
Vade Barnett (1 year ago)
reggie anderson To be honest, I don't know. To make an educated guess probably because necessity is the mother of all inventions and with that said I guess they never really needed that stuff but they were highly skilled artisans that shared technologies before they were outpaced by Europeans who took knowledge and didn't return the favour. An example would be gunpowder from the far East - China and made better canons than what was from Arabia, etc.
reggie anderson (1 year ago)
Vade Barnett wait why didnt the African s build there own bombs, own walls, own navy, airfaorce, space program, ect... I mean they arent retarded right??????? I mean if cave beasts can do it kangs n queens can too right?????
wayne's world (1 year ago)
sure ya were
muiggz Njuguna (1 year ago)
From Kenya much love RT
HyborianAge (1 year ago)
Black look like walking turds. They smell like them too.
FoxD0651 4 (1 year ago)
Fuck RT and their diversity agenda
R. Delk (1 year ago)
Some of you in the comment section need a life and some education. Any other news go see Black Panther this weekend
bishplis (11 months ago)
the week after that its the kkk bbq?
R. Delk (1 year ago)
your comment so ignorant its funny. You are no more than an internet troll with no life.
O A (1 year ago)
R. Delk you need to get woke
Makayah Israel (1 year ago)
And I see these so called white people? YOU'RE NOT WHITE YOU HAVE LEPROSY! You burn in the 🌞 nothing is beautiful about that?
Tazio Tasi (1 year ago)
all nations that dont live in clown world understand lighter skin is always preferred. look at Asia or India.
Cerl84 (1 year ago)
or any cave bitch who tans.
Leslie Sinclair (1 year ago)
That’s the result of colonization and white supremacist brainwashing. The sun and environment don’t agree. Lighter skin has no benefit and people with it are dying faster than they can replace themselves. Bloop!
malbhet (1 year ago)
And that way of thinking is what makes that ideology boring and unoriginal. Not everyone prefers lighter skin and those who claim that light skin is better are just fucking retarded. You are aware that that way of thinking was taught to the masses through centuries of discrimination and racism in the western world right? If darker skin was always preferred by the majority then someone forgot to tell that to the white and asian population in south Africa and the confederates who left for south America and began breeding with the Black population within those countries lol:D Btw about 70+ percent of every family in America has some African culture in their family due to centuries of at least 2 out of 7 whites secretly breeding with black men and women behind their families backs. They were taught to prefer lighter skin over dark skin but they damn sure aren't always choosing light skin, just sayin.
XyW (1 year ago)
You can't say that. It's personal preferences. I myself am from europe yet I like more exotic women.
Return of the Gorgon (1 year ago)
Blitz Wolfer .... look at any black woman that lightens her skin or straightens her hair.
Spam Sandwich (1 year ago)
Shut up with the black ego shtick .. that's what's wrong with them.. false pride. Ever have the displeasure of hearing their music? It's all about me me me and all I got that you don't have. Blacks seem to love tormenting each other... nothing beautiful about that.
Makayah Israel (1 year ago)
Black is beautiful is biblical! The wisest King 👑 to ever live Solomon used the phrase! Come back to your true history! These white people will suppress our greatness over them as long as we allow it,by not coming back to our true identity as GODS CHOSEN PEOPLE. Song of Solomon 1:5 [5]I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon. Hebrew: נאוה Transliteration: nâ'veh Pronunciation: naw-veh' Definition: From H4998 or H5116; {suitable} or beautiful: - {becometh} {comely} seemly. KJV Usage: comely (6x), seemly (2x), becometh (1x).
Salts McTapster (10 months ago)
come on...PLEASE not the biblical shit...
Imon2udude (1 year ago)
Makayah Israel God's seems a lofty goal. How bout you stop murdering more than half your kids and get your test scores to a less embarrassing level before declaring yourselves God's. Do something about the narcissistic thug culture that permiates black America and the brainless following of failed libtard policies. Ever think of that?
Tonio Alventos (1 year ago)
This passage is not about Solomon but his bride, and read the comments http://biblehub.com/songs/1-5.htm There is certainly no reason to take the word as an argument for the bride being Pharaoh's daughter; but it points to what is confirmed by the rest of the poem - the rustic birth and northern blood of the bride. She has been living in the fields, and is browned with the ruddy health of a country life. The best explanation of the words is that they are drawn out by the fact that the bride is surrounded by her ladies. Some think that they look askance at her, or with indignation at the boldness of her words; but that is quite unnecessary, and would be inconsistent with the dignity of the bride. The country maiden feels the greatness of the honour, that she is chosen of the king, and with simple modesty, in the presence of courtly ladies around her, sets forth her claim. The simile is not uncommon in poetry, as in Theocritus and Virgil. Comely; i.e. attractive, agreeable. Kedar (whether from the Arabic, meaning "powerful," or from the Hebrew, "black") designates the tribes of the North Arabian descendants of Ishmael (Genesis 25:13; Isaiah 21:17), Kedareens, referred to by Pliny, and remaining in Arabia until the time of the Mohammedans. Here the description of Solomon himself: "His cheeks are like a bed of balsam, Banks of sweet-scented herbs; His lips are lilies Dripping with liquid myrrh. 14"His hands are rods of gold Set with beryl; His abdomen is carved ivory Inlaid with sapphires. 15"His legs are pillars of alabaster Set on pedestals of pure gold; His appearance is like Lebanon Choice as the cedars.… http://biblehub.com/songs/5-14.htm Ivory and alabaster is white, so in fact, Solomon was white...
Mystic Madman (1 year ago)
If you're God's chosen people start fucking acting like it.
Ryan Rivera (1 year ago)
White is beautiful
Xavier Washington (8 months ago)
It seems that a lot of black people had to overcome feelings of inferiority about their appearance and features and because they are black with black features did not see themselves as attractive. So “black is beautiful” became an affirmation or rallying cry of hey we are good looking too and we should feel satisfied and even proud of our black features. It was born out of a almost community wide feeling of inferiority of not being valued as good looking as other races. It is also true the “White is Beautiful” would feel at best highly inappropriate. Because that would feel like white is the preferred features, preferred appearance. And if you look at some of the whitening creams on the market to lighten dark skin. Some of the plastic surgery to make black or Asian features appear more white it is hard to deny there is this unspoken value placed on the white appearance .
Derka Derka (10 months ago)
and your point is?
Obi Kenobi (11 months ago)
It's ok to be white. Blacks are just being jealous
bishplis (11 months ago)
+ Ristar85 nigga get real
bishplis (11 months ago)
+ Ristar85 Ristar85 not a single person was ever harmed by a black person, EVER
Ivan N (1 year ago)
is not
Xavier Washington (8 months ago)
It seems that a lot of black people had to overcome feelings of inferiority about their appearance and features and because they are black with black features did not see themselves as attractive. So “black is beautiful” became an affirmation or rallying cry of hey we are good looking too and we should feel satisfied and even proud of our black features. It was born out of a almost community wide feeling of inferiority of not being valued as good looking as other races. It is also true the “White is Beautiful” would feel at best highly inappropriate. Because that would feel like white is the preferred features, preferred appearance. And if you look at some of the whitening creams on the market to lighten dark skin. Some of the plastic surgery to make black or Asian features appear more white- it is hard to deny there is this unspoken value placed on the white appearance .
Horatio KJV Bible (1 year ago)
They are celebrating black excellence and black fashion on the back of Black Panter, a comic book hero created by TWO WHITE MEN 😀. Fucking MORONS. And the movie created in Hollywood by WHITE SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN JEWS. Paid for by WHITE SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN JEWS. Which profits are going to go to the WHITE SYNAGOGUE OF SATAN JEWS. And the movie will flop if the majority WHITE population don't go to watch it. Keep up with this black white bullshit 😂.
Blake Williams (1 year ago)
I like the screenshot of the two black ladies.
V (1 year ago)
When Russian media has more coverage, acknowledgment and respect for blacks than America. 🤣
Jack Booted Hug (1 year ago)
Maybe they would like to take a few off our hands.... NOT! heh heh don't shit yourself
HyborianAge (1 year ago)
Then you know you're watching real commie TV.
MR BOSTON (1 year ago)
Come on RT stop promoting racial division as a black man I'm not going to watch Black Panther
MR BOSTON (1 year ago)
J T datz right BRO
O A (1 year ago)
MR BOSTON MARINE datz rite, we wuz kangs n sheit nigga
MR BOSTON (1 year ago)
KissOfDanger don't try to deprive me of my African American heritage
MR BOSTON (1 year ago)
KissOfDanger you're racist
KissOfDanger (1 year ago)
MR BOSTON MARINE You're not black.
Jay Stimson (1 year ago)
yuck
The Reborn (1 year ago)
Another 500 years? Shiiit America won't last another 50! mankind won't last another 100
The Reborn (1 year ago)
Canada is like 400 years ahead of America lol
Kissing Bandit (1 year ago)
Poeplekind over here in Canada...
The Reborn (1 year ago)
I knew the racist trolls on RT would come on here shitting on my beautiful black people.
Xftbllplyr (1 year ago)
Ashlee banks can get it!
So fucking tacky.
Gross
bee gargamel (1 year ago)
bet u prefer white men.
NoLeads Ent. (1 year ago)
murder 2pac and you get a clothing line in the delusional fashion market ...pfffff
bishplis (11 months ago)
2pac is living in mexico with elvis
Noneshere (1 year ago)
Wait till the whites sound off White is Wonderful. Guess the blacks are just setting the standard for whats to be acceptable pride
Torgo1969 (1 year ago)
"Whites are not continually discriminated against." In the context of Affirmative Action in the US, when a white man succeeds, it's because he outperformed and outcompeted and outshone EVERYONE. Not just those in a narrow gender or racial demographic. We  hold our heads higher because of this. And if women and blacks have a problem with this, that's not my problem, is it?
Torgo1969 (1 year ago)
+KissOfDanger The most common ethnic joke I heard growing up in the US (by far) were "dumb Polack" jokes. The truth is that you can't go more than a few minutes in the US without hearing or reading a Slavic name with Doctor or Professor in front of it. Those like you that say that all white people have never experienced shaming or demeaning language can suck it.
ross g manley888 (1 year ago)
what satanic race always plays the victim while destroying Mankind? the satanic JEW.. these negroid,mamsers,mulattoes have sold their soul to satan and the jew .. we know who you are ..tick tock
Noneshere (1 year ago)
Im just saying: If black is beautiful, then keep it that way. Quit begging for attention you obviously dont deserve.
KissOfDanger (1 year ago)
I see that haters have arrived.
Derka Derka (10 months ago)
The lovers too. Im still trying to get a date with Haley Berry.
Harmony Alexandria (1 year ago)
All of humanity's knowledge at their finger tips and they choose to promote their very pathetic white working class trash ideology of FAILURE.
circa blonk (1 year ago)
KnightsRadiant *too, not “to”, o-smart-one
bee gargamel (1 year ago)
it's the mom's basement nazi queers.
Blue -eyed (1 year ago)
Critiques are not haters and truth is not hate, its reality.
Zig Clap (1 year ago)
How do you improve your iq.
Zig Clap (1 year ago)
Torgo1969 you live with sin and you will die with sin, you stink SPIT CATCHER. 2 months you will die.
Torgo1969 (1 year ago)
+J T They need their weave! They need their sh*t! Take that sh*t to the suburbs! Burn that sh*t down!
O A (1 year ago)
Get a better weave?
Torgo1969 (1 year ago)
It's hard to do, but one can always compete only against a narrow demographic for a race-exclusive scholarship or female-only scholarship. Of course then one cannot hold one's head as high as a white man who outperforms EVERYONE, can one?
Zip Zap Don't be you.
mæstro mÜgre (1 year ago)
Ugly is Trending.
Kissing Bandit (1 year ago)
and fat

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