Circa 2016. I remember how emotional it was for me putting this piece together. I had a conversation with a white woman that tried to convince me that I was wasn’t black. There was no way I could be black. Because I wasn’t “like them”. I didn’t act like them (to her) I was educated, I was different. I remember my love interest at that time being irritated because it was all I could think about or talk about until I got it out of my sytem. I remember feeling very defeated as a black man at the time due to current events that had taken place and wanting the feeling of gaining my power back by doing the only thing I knew how to. Which was create. Wanting to capitalize on the beauty of being black and in harlem, and being black in general. Wanting to prove that I was strong and that we were strong. Not having much money at all to my name but spending my last on bringing this visual that I lived and breathed for months to life.This piece was full passion and love. Means so much to me. Thanks to my amazing team that was able to deal with my obsessive personality when it came to this project lol 🙏🏿 @renellaice killed this! @aniacharlot@malcolmcuthberthair@makeupbymjforte@_bigchassss@eyeofscottie@tariq_walters . Happy black History Month!
Funny TRUE story. (My friend is going to kill me for posting this but I have to share) I remember back in August someone asked me “What cover would you love to see your client Cardi on” I responded “I-D” they then responded with a laugh and said “I-D would never! Realistically, she’d never be on the cover of I-D, the editor wouldn’t have that. She’s not even their kind of girl” I responded saying “where I’m from , me and my friends NEVER say never, I believe we can do ANYTHING, don’t ever tell me something isn’t possible. We’ve already achieved what ppl thought to be impossible. I don’t feel like there is anything that we can’t do” fast forward to not even a year later.....Cardi B for the COVER of @i_d . Such a proud moment !!! And this shot speaks volume🙏🏿 #cardib . This post isn’t to shade anyone, it’s just simply to inspire and show the world that ANYTHING is possible! You get what you put out. Be careful! Thanks I-D 😁
Styled by @mr_carlos_nazario
Hair by @jawaraw
Make up by @erika_lapearl_mua