Hip Hop Fashion may of helped to ends a Apartheid : The Ballad of a Kaleidoscope

Hip Hop Fashion may of helped to ends a Apartheid

by Daniel Vliet on 06/19/13



The late 20th century fashions were influenced by a more worldly concern for their fellow man. The immersions of rap,is a direct correlation of ancient Negro Spiritual song or chants, these artist invaded fashion, nothing like their opponents 20 years earlier the British invasions of the 60’s was nothing like the 80’s.What where the early rapper saying, what where the early rockers saying, perhaps just simply peace not war. This report is an oral history on why the African - American children wore African colored cloths in the late 20th century.


The history of the 20th century only focused on few blacks standouts. A high school scholar would get the impression the blacks where never free. Why because 20 years is not history and from a history book perspective writing about the civil rights movements of the 60’s was not history to 80’s scholars. The difference and the savior of the education of blacks in the early 20th century are improvements and advancements of Black History Month, a holiday in February. If Black History month did not become popular in the later half the 20th century, most stories would have been lost to the 21st century. Although black history failed to be diverse and still fail in that respect it is a valid celebration. My major quarrel with the month is the absent mention of the heroes of WWI the Harlem Hellfire, they did great thing also, and they were just as good as the Tuskegee Airman.


The roots of the African necklace came in two forms a fist like the proud symbol of the Black panther of the 60’s; it was in the colors of Africa. The second version was the shape of continent Africa, it color where black red and green. Rappers like Public Enemy[1] originated wearing the colors of Africa, but wearing a African pride necklace seems to be unknown. Perhaps the necklace was trend the simply was done by those who could not afford close that where African colors. The necklaces worn by rappers were gold not rope and wood, like the African pride necklace popularized in the 80’s.


In conclusion what comes to mind is Nelson Mandela was still in Jail, the apartheid was part of African life. Were the former Buffalo Soldiers and slaves really showing soldiery for their African counterparts by wearing clothing that ties them to their native lands? The education was not their, texts books were lacking a teaching beyond the 18th century in the United States. High school children were merely trying to imitate Run DMC and LLcoolJ[2], not trying to end apartheid.




Boldartist Oral History, Self Reported,2008


kingice.com, Hip Hop Fashion, http://www.kingice.com/hip-hop-fashion.aspx


Ispas Marin , A Brief History of Hip Hop Fashion,22nd November 2005




[1] kingice.com

[2] Martin

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