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THE FALL / COLLECTION

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The Trouble with Paradise 

With The Fall/Collection, I wanted to take a look at the concept of paradise. I believe the Adam and Eve story is an allegory of life itself: the transition from innocence to experience. Youthful optimism to adult disillusionment. It's unavoidable. To me, it seems we're all on a quest to rediscover a paradise that really never existed. Some look for it by moving 3,000 miles away from home. Some look for it in romantic relationships/marriages. (Hey, who doesn't love the beginning of a relationship when we're just dating and everything is new and we're putting our best foot forward to make a good impression? However, as time progresses, the honeymoon phase wanes and our significant others see the real us and we see the real them.) Some folks try to find paradise in drugs/alcohol. Some try to find it in sex, in dogmatic religions. Some, like Lord Jamar, believe paradise was the Golden Era of Hip Hop (circa 1988-1998) when rap was dominated by grimy straight Black male emcees from the hood and women were just female versions of a male rapper.  But all paradises come to an end.

The Fall/Collection is also a tongue-in-cheek dig at the assumption that all gays are obsessed with fashion or, more importantly, the subconscious (stereotypical) belief that the only vital contributions we gays have made is largely in the area of design. Nevertheless, ironic to some, it takes a profound intelligence to be a great designer.  The most exceptional fashion designers are well-versed in anthropology, history, and philosophy. 

Lastly, The Fall/Collection is an homage to a music genre I hold dear--hip-hop--and I pray it touches everyone who listens. 
  • Tonight I enjoyed the vocal stylings of @iamadrianbattle at his artist showcase. He is so incredibly talented. "The Way" is one of my favorite songs OF ALL TIME 😄 Follow & support this young brother on the rise! #lalive #rnb #neosoul #realtalent #jillscott #theway
    Tonight I enjoyed the vocal stylings of @iamadrianbattle at his artist showcase. He is so incredibly talented. "The Way" is one of my favorite songs OF ALL TIME 😄 Follow & support this young brother on the rise! #lalive #rnb #neosoul #realtalent #jillscott #theway
  • #fbf @loveandx Anniversary weekend celebration last year. Tonight will be the third #anniversary party. #strong #blackmen #united #brotherhood #supportingoneanother
    #fbf @loveandx Anniversary weekend celebration last year. Tonight will be the third #anniversary party. #strong #blackmen #united #brotherhood #supportingoneanother
  • #poolparty ready in my #GoodLooks tank top @ the Luxor #lasvegas Follow & Hit up @goodlooksla for the flyest gear. He's a business man with heart. #poolside
    #poolparty ready in my #GoodLooks tank top @ the Luxor #lasvegas Follow & Hit up @goodlooksla for the flyest gear. He's a business man with heart. #poolside
  • The Birthday Boy Gerald & I. Though we're not blood I feel like we're family. Two #Baltimore men reppin on the West Coast. #birthday #party #vegas
    The Birthday Boy Gerald & I. Though we're not blood I feel like we're family. Two #Baltimore men reppin on the West Coast. #birthday #party #vegas
  • #vegasbound for two friends' #birthdays Who knew Vegas had a Reggae station? & they playing that real dancehall not that watered-down stuff. #np #Patoranking #MyWoman #outtakes
    #vegasbound for two friends' #birthdays Who knew Vegas had a Reggae station? & they playing that real dancehall not that watered-down stuff. #np #Patoranking #MyWoman #outtakes
  • Last night I had the pleasure of witnessing the beautiful @therealviktoria perform. Sista SANG her face off & mine too 😄. My phone is wack so this is all the footage I could get. After watching this video again I believe the words to this song is what God wants to communicate to each & every one of us: "(Loving you)/That's all I wanna do/(Everyday)/& every hour baby/(Don't you look no more love without a limit)/My Love is yours." Don't look to other people, places & things to validate who you are for His Grace is sufficient & nothing can ever separate us from the love of God. Please follow this beautiful Goddess who ripped the stage to utter pieces with her amazing showcase while ministering to me when I wasn't realizing. #realmusic #rnb #mjb #lovenolimit #tuesdayinspiration #beencouraged
    Last night I had the pleasure of witnessing the beautiful @therealviktoria perform. Sista SANG her face off & mine too 😄. My phone is wack so this is all the footage I could get. After watching this video again I believe the words to this song is what God wants to communicate to each & every one of us: "(Loving you)/That's all I wanna do/(Everyday)/& every hour baby/(Don't you look no more love without a limit)/My Love is yours." Don't look to other people, places & things to validate who you are for His Grace is sufficient & nothing can ever separate us from the love of God. Please follow this beautiful Goddess who ripped the stage to utter pieces with her amazing showcase while ministering to me when I wasn't realizing. #realmusic #rnb #mjb #lovenolimit #tuesdayinspiration #beencouraged
  • Felt it on my spirit that there is someone out there who needs to know it's okay to not be okay. We're taught to give this illusion (really delusion) of strength when we're really hurting inside. I know we all have our responsibilities but at least for a moment be real with yourself. Awareness leads to healing. "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness." (2 Cor. 12:9) #themask #poem #poetrycommunity #morningdevotion #beencouraged
    Felt it on my spirit that there is someone out there who needs to know it's okay to not be okay. We're taught to give this illusion (really delusion) of strength when we're really hurting inside. I know we all have our responsibilities but at least for a moment be real with yourself. Awareness leads to healing. "And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness." (2 Cor. 12:9) #themask #poem #poetrycommunity #morningdevotion #beencouraged
  • @ CEO's #retirement party at the ultra-lush W hotel. So amazing to work for a credit union where the CEO knows you by name. He will be truly missed. #hollywood #whollywood
    @ CEO's #retirement party at the ultra-lush W hotel. So amazing to work for a credit union where the CEO knows you by name. He will be truly missed. #hollywood #whollywood
  • #blackandwhitechallenge #challengeaccepted @zinga_pure_awesomeness 📸⚫️⚪️🔘⬛️◻️🔲 #selfie #saturday #photography
    #blackandwhitechallenge #challengeaccepted @zinga_pure_awesomeness 📸⚫️⚪️🔘⬛️◻️🔲 #selfie #saturday #photography
  • It's perfectly okay for candidates for President and VP to be prejudiced and discriminatory towards Muslims, immigrants (of certain ethnicities), LGBT etc and vow to enact LAWS that will accomplish these hateful tasks and for the media to celebrate this? As well how can you make a country that was usurped from its native/indigenous people and built from the labor of enslaved people great "again?" We're all, every race & culture, trying to make good on a bad situation so miss me with that "make America great again" bull. After last night I will continue my stance & speak up since everyone else can. We're all enslaved by our own personal biases. All I'm asking is "Can we get free?" https://soundcloud.com/johnieray/i-got-the-keys-blacklivesmatter-remix #freedom #blacklivesmatter #emmetttill #philandocastile #sandrabland #altonsterling #lorscoota #baltimore #dallas #batonrouge #orlando #guncontrol
    It's perfectly okay for candidates for President and VP to be prejudiced and discriminatory towards Muslims, immigrants (of certain ethnicities), LGBT etc and vow to enact LAWS that will accomplish these hateful tasks and for the media to celebrate this? As well how can you make a country that was usurped from its native/indigenous people and built from the labor of enslaved people great "again?" We're all, every race & culture, trying to make good on a bad situation so miss me with that "make America great again" bull. After last night I will continue my stance & speak up since everyone else can. We're all enslaved by our own personal biases. All I'm asking is "Can we get free?" https://soundcloud.com/johnieray/i-got-the-keys-blacklivesmatter-remix #freedom #blacklivesmatter #emmetttill #philandocastile #sandrabland #altonsterling #lorscoota #baltimore #dallas #batonrouge #orlando #guncontrol
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