Black On Black™ is a social protest that De:Constructs the Construct. Black On Black™ starts the discussion by tackling many issues. All the 'isms and 'phobias. "Intersectionality" is the word.
Black On Black™ is beautifully designed clothing & accessories that are both clothing line AND protest sign.
I am Rodney White, a Brooklyn based Artist/Art Director/Designer and the creator of Black On Black™. Black On Black™ was born out of the social climate we have to exist in. Both past and present. Where blackness in the mainstream, is more often than not portrayed as a subconscious indelible mark. One that is "almost" acceptable. Never quite getting there.
As an Award Winning Art Director, I had first-hand experience with the "mainstream" not accurately depicting US. Not deliberately speaking to US. Not specifically acknowledging US.
Having daughters who are Black AND Mexican, I thought it was important for her to see the full spectrum of "blackness" being celebrated. Hers, Mine - OURS.
In Color Psychology, "Black implies self-control and discipline, independence and a strong will, and giving an impression of authority and power.
Black absorbs negative energy. It is useful to carry something black with you to protect you from harm and negativity when traveling or when going about your usual daily activities outside your home."
I give you, you, to carry with you.
I am certainly not the first to do this. And I hope to not be the last.