Black Renaissance — Kerby Jean-Raymond, Pyer-Moss #PrimeNYT

bless up from your feet to your head top,

I have wanted to talk about Kerby for a while now and I say there’s no time like the present. I’ve known about Kerby since the Forbes 30 under 30 (little did I know that was when he started the company) it made me see and be able to tell myself yes I as a black man can be on this list.

That is not the reason I revere him not to do with his accolades but his personality and mellow attitude while being unapologetically himself, which happens to be some degree of thorough black man who did not want to sell out.

As he talks about his sneaker deal he talks about making a deal with the devil treating people terrible halfway across the world. We all know the business but to just understand his reason for picking reebok made me appreciate and want to buy into him a bit more.

Hearing him walking away from the table while a company wanted to profit from blackness is the type of character I see prevailing in the black renaissance as well as him being the first designer to talk about blackness in the best way he keeps that integrity with his money as well. The same energy is kept and he prevails through it all.

Although he has had terrible business acumen with his past business partners listening to him details that gave me insight to really how he’s giving it up and is ready to teach these young designers how to look at their contracts.

Stay composed and keep your neck up

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Yeezy and Big Baller Brand collaborate for the Culture — The Triple B Yeezy — Lavar And Kanye Wests creation

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I see this so clearly in my minds eye as the right thing to do. On the occasion where you can have two people who garner global attention such as Lavar Ball and Kanye West you expect something to come from them as a producer.

I cannot see one reason why they should not have a collaboration, the Yeezy Brands superior Technology and Big Baller Brands in with basketball culture and creating an alternative space where student athletes can practice their skills and get paid for it having a Triple B Yeezy basketball shoe on The Ball Brothers feet is an independent businessman’s dream. The only thing that can get in the way is the fact Yeezy is an Adidas Company and BBB can be considered a competitor, with Kanye’s non compete looking the way it does could make the sneaker non Existent.

Let’s make the speculation though, if we were to guess when Kanye West and Lavar Ball would collab I would say on LaMelo Ball’s draft day. Seems far enough out that Kanye would be in talks of signing a new contract LaMelo will have enough buzz round Melo as a star* in College will be high and he’s practically guaranteed he will be a top 15 pick off merit.

That’s when you strike while the iron is white hot, right now the frenzy for yeezy has died down the generation is grown up out of college and working they don’t have time to be hyping Yeezy. But! This can all be rectified with one great collaboration — grabbing a whole new generation who Respect Melo as one of their greats — this is what they were meant for to Turbo charge an already great Brand that runs on superior design and technology it will only Advance the cause if you get the future Jordan of the League. Not comparing Melo to Jordan in skill but in attention and respect for his skill he’s garnering he’s up there with the Greats of his generation.

If LaMelo were to by some miraculous reason play with his brothers the stars will truly align with Kanye and Lavar this time. Where technology will meet hype in the ultimate cross over of sportsmanship and genius.

In writing this I have gathered an even greater respect for the collaboration if it happens and want nothing more than for it to happen.For hip hop, for basketball, for black culture for independent business people everywhere who want to build their own thing. To show them collaborating across and not up can work just as well.

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