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5 Ways to Become a Baddie

This is a glimpse at how a Baddie makes power moves, such as being true to herself by paying precise attention to fashion and beauty she affects those who see her in public or on social media.

Baddies are those people we all love to hate in life, or at least the ones we secretly want to be like because of how cool they make themselves look on social media and how well they walk the line between out of control and taking care of business. Becoming a Baddie can seem like an impossible dream if you’re not sure where to start, but there are actually plenty of steps you can take toward being more baddified yourself in your own life if you know where to look. Here are 5 ways to become a Baddie, whether you want it or not.

1) Be Confident

While it might be easier said than done, learning how to embrace your confidence is crucial for any aspiring Baddie. After all, confident people seem badder than those who lack self-assurance and aren’t as sure of themselves. There are ways you can increase your own self-confidence, which will lead to more power moves. One way is by simply taking care of yourself: Get enough sleep, exercise regularly, and eat well. You should also surround yourself with like-minded individuals—those who support your goals—and get rid of toxic friends or family members who don’t believe in you or want to see you succeed. If that sounds hard (or impossible), consider hiring a life coach or therapist to help guide you through these changes; they’ll make all the difference in helping you become a Baddie!

2) Maintain A Baddie Aesthetic

Staying on brand with your Baddie aesthetic is essential. If you are already walking around rocking designer pieces, then you are most likely giving off that I make power moves attitude without even trying. You can take it one step further by picking up a small token piece that has your favorite designer’s logo or logo image printed on it. This will give off an extra dose of swag. Your personal style speaks volumes about who you are and what you represent. It also gives people insight into how they should approach you in public and social settings. Your style shows others how they should treat you and what they should expect from interacting with you. 

3) Have a Style That Works For You

The key element of any Baddie aesthetic is true confidence—and if you can’t rock a certain style, it’s probably not right for you. Be true to yourself and your own preferences, both in fashion and in beauty, and when others emulate your look, that’s just icing on the cake. If you want to be considered a Baddie, always be true to yourself first and foremost. After all, imitation is flattery!

4) Work Hard And Don’t Take Shit From Anyone

You’re probably wondering why you need to work hard and don’t take shit from anyone. If it sounds like I’m talking about your job, then that’s because we all have one—our own. A key component of being a Bad Bitch is knowing how to stand up for yourself in any scenario and how not to be pushed around by anyone. As far as work is concerned, Bitch means business. When someone tries to push you around or doesn’t respect your time, tell them they can either get with your program or get out of your way. It may sound harsh, but if you want to succeed in life (or at least look good doing it), you need to know how to put people in their place when necessary.

5) Find Inspiration Everywhere

Earlier we published, “What is a Baddie?” It received widespread social media attention and became a source of inspiration for aspiring Baddies and Baddies alike.

So consider all aspects of your life and brainstorm your current outlook on beauty. Are you a fan of blue or prefer neutrals? Maybe floral is more your style, or do you wear bold patterns every day? You’ll have fun choosing new products and outfits that will develop your own Baddie aesthetic. If you feel like a change from your everyday routine, try something new—even if it’s just changing up your lipstick shade. Take some time to consider what makes you happy with how you look and dress; then think about how those things can be incorporated into your daily life. Before long, they’ll become second nature!

Be sure to check out 900+ Baddie ideas from Hood Over Hollywood on Pinterest

We hope you like it. 😉 !!! Use #hoodoverhollywood hashtag when sharing photos of your looks, or tag @hoodoverhollywood in every post 🙂 especially when making a style statement post. You don’t think the fashion designers, and fashionistas aren’t paying attention to us? Well guess again, they are always looking at Hood Over Hollywood to see what is trending in the streets!

The Key Elements of the Plus Size Baddie Aesthetic

A guide for plus size women that lays out in detail the Baddie aesthetic whenever she appears in public or on Instagram. 

Be it on Instagram, on the street, or at your local mall, when you spot a plus size Baddie in public it can be hard to tell whether they’re aware of the power they hold over men and women alike. So if you’re looking to take the aesthetic plunge yourself, here are the key elements of the plus size baddie’s style that will help make you sexier than you ever thought possible.

Wear clothes you love

We’re all different shapes and sizes, so it can be tricky to find a look that works for your body type. The key is learning to layer with pieces you love and finding a common thread in the outfits you wear.

Sexy plus size clothing comes in many forms—flowing maxi dresses, high-waisted jeans and crop tops are just some examples. There’s no one right way to do it, as long as you feel good about yourself while doing it! It’s important to remember that feeling confident makes you even more attractive than what you’re wearing—so don’t be afraid to show off your personality or individual sense of style! 

Whether it’s picking out something new for your wardrobe or trying out a fresh hair style, there are so many ways to feel sexy; if you have an awesome figure and know how to work it, then why not flaunt it?

In today’s modern world of fierce competition when our appearances matter more than ever before, knowing how to dress well as plus size women has become an essential life skill. You may want to embrace fashion trends that make every woman look pretty and glamorous but never try too hard. Plus size clothes usually come in trendy styles like ruffles but keep them modest enough not to appear outrages.

Don’t care what people think

Plus size women face unique challenges. There are unwritten rules about what plus size women can and cannot wear, what their bodies can look like, and how they should present themselves in public.

Plus size women spend a lot of time thinking about how other people see them and whether or not they’re being judged based on their appearance. But rather than trying to make others see you as attractive, it’s far more important to feel sexy and confident without worrying too much about what other people think. When it comes to your appearance, remember that self-esteem is everything—when you love yourself fully, others will love you too! In short, don’t care what people think and own your biz. Be proud of who you are!

What makes one look plus size?: Even though there is no hard rule for where a woman stops looking plus size there are some guidelines we can follow while examining our own clothing choices.

Don’t wait to be confident

You’ve probably heard it before, but trust us: Your clothes have no idea what you look like naked. That doesn’t mean you can’t dress for your body type and be confident. Remember that a blouse isn’t going to care if it makes your boobs look big, or if your tummy is exposed in a midi skirt. You might think that you don’t have access to trends and styles because of where you fall on plus-size clothing charts, but there are so many ways to work around those limitations and dress in flattering clothing (and looking good doesn’t make you any less humble).

All girls deserve to feel great about themselves in their clothes, no matter what they wear. With help from people like the YouTube series, The Skinny Confidential , here are three simple principles to follow when shopping for sizes 14 and up.

First rule: Don’t limit yourself . Part of being fashionable means trying new looks, colors, silhouettes—everything—even if they seem outside your comfort zone at first.

Second rule: It’s all in the details . Find pieces with interesting trims and details to add dimension without creating bulk. Think lots of fringe with black or denim jeans; ruffles under shorts; bold floral prints under buttoned-up shirts.

Third rule: Use accessories . Everything from belts to scarves helps create more shape and definition by cinching at certain points on your body. When in doubt, reach for them first!

Accessories are key

The key elements to look for in a plus size baddie are accessories. Wearing one single statement piece can work to make you stand out, if it’s done right. Accessories add flair and personality to an outfit, and with that extra flare, you’ll be sure to take up everyone’s attention when you walk into a room.

When you’re ready to step out in your next look, keep these tips in mind: Opt for bold jewelry like earrings or bracelets in bold materials such as silver or gold that have unique designs or accents.

Get creative with your accessories! They’re what will draw people’s attention first — after all, they catch eyes first before any other detail does — so choose ones that truly reflect your style. What kind of accessories do you gravitate towards? Do you love rings? Necklaces? Bracelets? Find inspiration from your favorite celebs or even snap shots on Instagram and create looks based off them. Whether they’re sporting a leopard print dress or rocking bright colors on their lips, find aspects that capture your eye and incorporate them into future outfits! Feel free to play around with different styles too; maybe there’s some tribal-inspired jewelry that strikes your fancy but won’t work with certain outfits. Try getting some temporary tattoos (think henna) instead; there are plenty of awesome floral options perfect for Spring/Summertime fashion!

Show off your figure!

The plus size baddie is not afraid to show off her assets! Whether it’s an undergarment showing, a wink wink or an almost-tasteful nude shot, there are plenty of ways to make sure your Instagram followers know you aren’t shy. You don’t want them to confuse you with another blogger who doesn’t have a clue how to use her curves. That would just be tragic. 

When flaunting your body on social media remember these elements: remember to do so in a tasteful way. After all, for every naked selfie that goes viral we’re presented with ten more gratuitous attempts at getting likes and follows. There has been backlash against bloggers for trying too hard – and sometimes that can be attributed to blatant nudity (yes even on Instagram). But those pics are usually outnumbered by Instas featuring bralettes, lingerie and dress cinched waists that create an hourglass silhouette which highlight any hourglass-like attributes naturally possessed by curvy bodies – like extra cleavage!

It’s more than outfits, be a baddie with your overall look

Follow these tips to step up your look, and keep yourself on-trend. You’ll definitely be noticed for all the right reasons. Whether you want to boost your confidence at work or school, or just want a fresh take on an old style, we’ve got you covered. So get ready! You’re about to become a baddie.

We hope you like it. 😉 !!! Use #hoodoverhollywood hashtag when sharing photos of your looks, or tag @hoodoverhollywood in every post 🙂 especially when making a style statement post. You don’t think the fashion designers, and fashionistas aren’t paying attention to us? Well guess again, they are always looking at Hood Over Hollywood to see what is trending in the streets!

Conclusion

You’ve probably noticed a lot of mainstream clothing for plus-size women caters to a certain style. It’s not exactly sexy and it’s not exactly glamorous; it looks more like what a woman wearing her boyfriend’s T-shirt would look like. There are a few reasons for that: plus-size women make up nearly 40% of all American women over 18, according to new data from Gallup, so they have actual spending power—women who wear sizes 0 through 10 make up just under 10% of adult women in America.

Additionally, there are fewer options out there for brands to sell. But finally, major retailers aren’t interested in making clothes that appeal to every single customer; rather, they want clothes that are going to pull shoppers into their stores (and boost margins). All of these factors conspire against women wearing anything other than stretchy pants. And we get it: we like stretchy pants too!

Be sure to check out 900+ Baddie ideas from Hood Over Hollywood on Pinterest 

What is a Baddie?

A Baddie is a sexually attractive woman whose hair, nails, makeup, clothing, shoes, and handbag are very detailed when she’s going to be seen in public or on Instagram.

You’ve seen her on Instagram. Her hair is perfect, her nails are painted, and she has the sexiest makeup you’ve ever seen. She looks amazing. She appears to have great style. But what exactly is a Baddie? And how do you know if you are one? In this article, we’ll define the term Baddie and tell you how to be one of them!

The rise of the baddie

The term Baddie didn’t come into prominence until around 2010, but in just six years, it became a pervasive term used on social media and in pop culture to describe women who have been influenced by Instagram and Thot culture that they spend serious amounts of time, energy, and money on their appearance. 

The trend reached its peak during 2016 with epic videos like Beyoncé’s Formation music video and Nicki Minaj’s Anaconda video. Each woman was sexy ass fuck, but so was everyone else dancing behind them. It wasn’t about having bigger booties or louder beats; it was about being more detailed than you’d normally be at home.

The focus of your eyes would go from someone’s face to her hair, nails, makeup, clothing, shoes, handbag and back again while you wondered what people were thinking as they looked at her. This same effect has been observed in everyday life as guys move their heads closer and closer to women walking down the street because they can’t believe how detailed these women are! 

As mainstream fashion becomes less sexy over time (except when Rihanna wears curve-hugging see-through fabric!), we’ll probably see a rise in Baddies who want to stand out from normal girls and sexy teens alike. At least that’s what I’ve heard through some phone calls. 

The advice to women going forward will probably revolve around ensuring you’re happy before taking Instagram selfies: if you’re laughing or looking forlornly off into space, don’t bother posting anything; if you look bored instead of angry, don’t bother posting anything unless there’s another human nearby. Otherwise your followers will wonder whether something is wrong with a woman who looks good all day every day – even while sitting on public transit where phones should definitely be switched off! And besides – won’t your team tell us if something serious happened? No one wants worries after enjoying eleven minutes of beautiful instafame. What are friends for anyway?

The things baddies do differently

There are several things that make baddies different from other women. If you think you might be a baddie, here are some things to watch out for 1) The first and most important thing to realize is that you are more attractive than everyone else in your life. Yes, yes I’m serious. You can ignore how you look before leaving your house and still have a greater impact on others than anyone else. However, being attractive doesn’t mean dressing like Kim Kardashian or Sofia Vergara every day but it does mean paying attention to details which will enhance your look (for example nail polish). 

2) This may seem obvious but since it’s an extremely important detail; no one should know what your favorite color actually is! Although at first glance it seems childish and vain; knowing which colors best compliment our skin tone leads us down many dangerous paths filled with failure and shopping debt! So keep all of these secrets safe as if they were your banking password and never let them slip past your teeth. 

3) Be loyal to yourself: Ever been left high and dry by another woman when she got something better? Of course you have because we all have felt what it’s like to hear I’m sorry but he’s just so much better looking. Unfortunately there’s only one way around it: be better looking than her.

How to be a baddie

Confidence, communication skills, loyalty and being passionate about your partner are all components of being a Badass. If you think you’re ready to be one, try paying more attention to other Badasses. Notice how they walk, stand and dress. Observe their body language and note how it attracts men; if it works for them then it can work for you too! 

The next time you meet someone at a party or in class, focus on bringing up current events (the world will never run out of topics) or by practicing certain conversation skills that will not only get him interested in what you have to say but will also attract him to your beautiful hair, nails, makeup and clothing that complete your look as an attractive Badass! 

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Conclusion 

Although it is normally used to describe women and sometimes men, baddies are sexually attractive people that are shown off on social media or in public. They are often seen as trophy wives and they have been in fashion since Ancient Egypt, where they would wear as much makeup and jewelry as possible. Throughout history, there have been many examples of such people, but now with social media sites being so prevalent, we are able to see them for ourselves quite easily. It isn’t always about vanity; some women just want to look their best because of self-confidence issues or something like that. However, most examples of baddies display lavish lifestyles due to a combination of their extravagant spending habits and their narcissistic personalities. Regardless of why they do what they do, whether good or bad, it’s hard not to admit that these sorts of people keep us intrigued with their behavior.

Be sure to check out 900+ Baddie ideas from Hood Over Hollywood on Pinterest 

Celebrating Black Women Through Art

“Celebrating Black Women Through Art,” is a retrospective look at the visual exalting of Black women by American prison-artist C-Note.

Celebrating Famous Black Women Through Art

In 2001, Hip Hop icon Eve dropped her first single “Who’s That Girl,” From her second studio album Scorpion. Eight years later, California prisoner Donald “C-Note” Hooker would draw his first opus to Black women, Colored Girl

In 2009, there was no Black Twitter, Instagram nor Snapchat, and Facebook was not a publicly traded company. The year prior, saw the final episode of the UPN, all Black female cast, Girlfriends. The visibility of Black female empowerment and Beauty as we know it today in 2022, did not exist in 2009. 

In 2009, the Bible on Black male incarceration, Michele Alexander’s The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness had yet to be published, and there was no Black Lives Matter movement. The prevailing view Black women had towards incarcerated Black men was nearly identical to the Black community as a whole, at that time, they were viewed as pariahs. 

On top of that, he had already spent ten years at a prison the Associated Press would report, “Guards at an isolated state prison have created a “culture of racism,” engage in alarming use of force against inmates and have a code of silence encouraged by the union that represents most corrections officers.” 

Aljazeera America reported on an investigation that discovered a culture of racism and lack of acceptance of ethnic differences. “Just 18 percent of the prison’s inmates are white, compared with 74 percent of guards and 89 percent of supervisors,” citing an Inspector General report.

In an Inspector General interview with one former prisoner, “Blacks were treated very differently. They are on lockdowns a lot longer; they go to the hole for the smallest of reasons; and officers mess with their food,” reported Aljazeera America.

Deep in the Sierra-Nevada Mountain range, the report says, some problems at the High Desert facility evolved because the prison is so isolated about 90 miles northwest of Reno, Nevada. It is also the sighting of Bigfoot.

2009 represented a time in C-Note’s life of extreme isolation, and being Black was highly traumatic. Yet in the midst of the ugly, he mustered the fortitude to give the world Colored Girl. In a 2016 interview with Darealprisonart he describes the piece:

DRPA: Now we asked you to bring some art, you initially only brought two pieces, and then went back and grabbed four more, why was that?

C-Note: Well, I thought about it, and these other pieces would add to the richness of the conversation and let you know what kind of work I do and how I utilize these works.

DRPA: So what piece would you like to start off with first?

C-Note:Colored Girl (Highlighted)

DRPA: I notice it’s a print, and it’s called “Highlighted,” does that mean there is more to this piece?

C-Note: Yes, I still have the original that I hope to give and have exhibited in the National Museum of African American History and Culture, on the National Mall, in Washington D.C.. It’s a very significant piece, for one, it’s a very beautiful piece. It is a piece, and its beauty was made by accident. In other words, I have no clue how it came about. I work in a medium that doesn’t get recognized, I work in wax. So I put all this different kind of wax together and different formulae to dissolve the wax on paper. I had a model. A picture out of a magazine. But I’m not confident as an artist so I don’t want people to compare my finished product to the model or image that I used. I called it “Colored Girl.” I think it fits. It’s clearly a coloration of something, of a woman. But the word “Colored,” though it is a pejorative today, was once known as the desired description that African Americans prefer to be described as. “Colored,” “Negro,” “Black,” these were all terms that African-Americans themselves demanded of the press and white audiences; this is what you call us. An example would be W. E. B. Dubois NAACP. It was originally called the National Negro Committee. Booker T. Washington and other famous black activists before him, demanded that whites call us “Negroes.” So three years after founding the National Negro Committee, W. E. B. Dubois changed the name to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People. That’s proof enough that blacks demanded that they be called “Colored.” So “Colored Girl,” what is that? Any black girl, and that’s pretty much the response that I have gotten from this piece. It’s funny because I used a famous person for this piece, but for my own insecurities I never named the person in this piece and all sorts of blacks swear on a stack of Bibles they know who this person is. I hear the names “Vanessa Williams,” “Janet Jackson,” “Eva Pigford,” all across the spectrum. When blacks see the piece, when I show the original, they just get animated. They just light up. There is this spiritual thing that goes on, we begin to communicate telepathically with one another. African Americans have a general complaint that there is a dearth of positive images of them, so there is this silent communication between me and others that this is what that is. So an accidental discovery, “the piece,” and the title, does what it is intended to do, any “Colored Girl.”

DRPA: Wow, that’s quite a story there.

C-Note: Ah, but it’s just one.

Now you know why we made reference to Eve’s “Who’s That Girl,” as everyone wants to know, “Who is the famous celebrity behind Colored Girl?”

Mona Lisa

In 1962, Pop Art icon Andy Warhol created a series of retrospective Works to the Mona Lisa of the twentieth century, Marilyn Monroe. Monday, August 6th, 1962, was the first time East Coast newsprint publications could report on the Saturday, August 4th, 1962, discovery of Marilyn Monroe’s fatal overdose. That Monday was also the 34th birthday of Manhattan, New York City, New York resident, Andy Warhol. The debate of Warhol’s seeming obsession over Marilyn Monroe as depicted in these paintings is ongoing. One artist pushes back over critics’ pronunciation that Warhol’s intentions were purely commercial.

“The tragic death of a larger-than-life woman driven to Suicide was not a moment of celebration for an artist who had feelings, like Warhol. She would not be remembered like that, and so Warhol immortalized her at age 26, not 36, the age of her death. He used a single publicity photo from her 1953 film Niagara. Warhol’s portrayal of Monroe serves as the Mona Lisa of our Era,” articulates American prison artist C-Note.

C-Note ought to know. In 2015 he created his Warhol inspired work Colored Girl Warholed. It is fashioned after Warhol’s Four Marilyns. C-Note’s Colored Girl Warholed uses his 2009 work Colored Girl. Prints of Colored Girl Warholed went on sale in the spring of 2015. In the fall of 2015, the auction house Christie’s sold Warhol’s Four Marilyns for $36 million.

Anna D. Smith’s “Look Up!”  2, Hope and Beauty Billboard Art Exhibition and Art Sale Dec 27 – Jan 31, 2022:

In the winter of 2021, Fine Art and Real Estate Broker, Anna D. Smith curated C-Note’s Colored Girl Warholed as an outdoor art exhibition, Anna D. Smith’s ‘Look Up!’ 2 Hope & Beauty Billboard Art Exhibition and Art Sale, Dec 27 – Jan 31, 2022.

In several interviews, Smith states:

I correspond with Donald “C-Note” Hooker and I started to admire his intellect and Art as we continued to write to one another.

I thought that his Art would make a unique contribution to my vision of Hope and Beauty in Silicon Valley and the Bay Area.

I wanted to have the Art of a powerful and soulful man to exhibit my theme therefore I am advocating for prison artist Donald “C-Note” Hooker.

It seems to me that the culture of discontent is claiming our innocence and more likely to be exploited rather than elevated.

Despite Breanna Taylor, Valentina Orellana-Peralta, #MeToo, #SayHerName, C-Note’s Art reminds us we are all grandmothers, mothers, other mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, nieces, and have Beauty and Dignity.

Nevertheless, Anna D. Smith’s “Look Up!” 2 Hope & Beauty Billboard Art Exhibition was absolutely necessary in these two + years of trying times of uncertainty and social isolation for all of Humankind. I was able to create two Art Events with C-Note’s help, and I’m joyful about this!

The exhibition is in Santana Row. A residential and retail District in San Jose, California. San Jose is the largest city in Silicon Valley, the Tech capital of the world. 

Santana Row is the home to premiere restaurants, residential, and retail. It allows for one-million daily Billboard Art Exhibition views. Google, Facebook, and Apple workers live in Santana Row. Tesla has a showroom in Santana Row, and Sports teams stay at the Valencia Hotel in Santana Row.

Celebrating the Black Queen Through Art

In the winter of 2019, C-Note was invited to participate in the 30th Annual Celebration of African American Poets and Their Poetry, in Oakland, California. One of the event’s poetry theme prompts was the “400 Years of California, African American History.” Upon research, C-Note had discovered that Spanish conquistador, and Governor of Mexico, Hernán Cortés, named California after a Black woman, the Califia (Queen) to the land of Black women. 

The poem, Journey to Afrofuturism, brings back the Califia to our current times, as the nursemaid to the Afrofuturism movement. When Wanda Sabir, the curator of the annual poetry event, planned on publishing a book on the 30-years of the event, this spurred C-Note to create a visual work of art to his poem. The drawing bears the same name as the poem.

Speculative City Magazine paid C-Note for both the poem and drawing to be published in their Winter of 2020, Issue #10, Afrofuturism.

In the fall of 2021, both the Journey to Afrofuturism poem and drawing were recited and exhibited at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC), Zoom event, Afrofuturism Then and Now. The event was the inaugural 2021 – 2022 Academic Year Global discussion and performances on what Afrofuturism means and how it manifests in cultural practices. The Zoom call panelists consisted of speakers in diverse locations such as the Congo in Central Africa, Burkina Faso in West Africa, and several cities in the Northern California Bay Area in the United States. The event concluded with Hip Hop artist and Hip Hop Congress Board Chairman Rahman Jamaal exhibiting and reciting C-Note’s artwork and poem Journey to Afrofuturism.

Celebrating Black Mothers Through Art

Dreams of the Mothers, circa 2010s, Wax on paper. Dreams of the Mothers was a work that was begun during the 2000s; however, it had sat unworked for years. In the interim, the prison artist would finish a work he would call Dreams of the Fathers.

Dreams of the Mothers was one of the Works featured in C-Note’s 2015, Prison Cell Art Gallery, and was a part of the 2016 Escaping Time, Prisoner Art Exhibit, on Governors Island, New York City, New York, July 26 – Oct 2, 2016.

Dreams of the Mothers is also the cover art to C-Note’s 2018 epic poem, Can’t Black Lives Matter Too???. Technically, Dreams of the Mothers would be difficult for any artist, as it depicts a picture within a picture.

Celebrating Black Muslim Women Through Art

Da Muslima (The Muslim woman), circa 2000s, is a mixed media of Wax and ink on paper. The work has two points of inspiration, one is the highlighting of the African American Muslim in the United States, and the other is Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. The use of the white headwrap as a highlight of this Work was inspired by Vermeer, as well as the earring highlighted by its shadow.

Celebrating the Black Woman Through Fashion

In 2019 – 2020 C-Note worked with Fashion designer Makenzie Stiles for her fashion line Mercy. COVID-19 lockdowns in the Spring of 2020 prevented a global first in the 100-year-plus history of the Catwalk, models walking the Runway in clothes designed with Prison art. 

In December of 2021, C-Note and his artwork Decarcerate Now! was included in the Black Fashion World Foundation’s virtual, The Mask Parade Show. Also look for C-Note in Black Fashion World Foundation’s COVID Mask collectible coffee table book.

Black Fashion World Foundation was founded in 2017 by African American Fashion entrepreneur Carla Nelson. Its purpose is to empower black fashion professionals, [“black fashion-preneurs”]. BFW Foundation’s mission, is to serve an important role in society by creating an economic stimulus; unity in the black culture; investment in the welfare of others; a reduction in crime; and an overall improvement in the quality of life for “black fashion-preneurs” and the African American community as a whole. By working with and assisting “black fashion-preneurs”, BFW Foundation creates opportunities for employment, assists with business creation, and promotes economic sustainability in the fashion industry. BFW Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit.

Celebrating Young Black Women Through Art 

Brittany, 2018, is a work of Wax on paper. It is a work that illustrates that to be Black in the Americas can come from all hues.

Celebrating Sexy Black Women Through Art

Coffee Bar, 2017, a work of Mixed-medium on paper, could have been the cover art to Megan Thee Stallion’s 2019 “Hot Girl Summer.” Instead, this visual double entendre was part of the Everything Coffee, Prison Art exhibition. The event was curated by Treacy Ziegler of Prisoner Express. The exhibition consisted of two shows; one in January of 2018 at Gimme Coffee’s Cayuga Street coffeehouse in Ithaca, New York; the other in March of 2018 at Gimme Coffee in Trumansburg, New York.

Prison artists were tasked with using coffee as their visual medium, and curators were not looking for commercial works of steaming cups of coffee. In Coffee Bar, C-Note uses instant coffee as the base medium for the ice cream bar; while watercolor was sporadically used for highlights and lowlights, and floor wax was used as a glaze. The medium used for the woman was wax.

Celebrating the Nude Black Woman Through Art 

This Untitled work which began in the 2010s, has sat unworked on for years. Yet it illustrates his use of contour to exemplify the gracefulness of the feminine form.

Conclusion

In the world of emerging artists, no other artists have changed lives, saved lives, raised millions of dollars, made history in the Fashion world, and had two billboard art exhibitions. More than just an award-winning visual artist, Donald “C-Note” Hooker is a poet, playwright, and Performing Artist. His Works have either been exhibited, recited, performed, or sold, from Alcatraz to Berlin.

His 2018, 700-plus word epic poem, Can’t Black Lives Matter Too???, ends with the Alabama rape in 1944 of Recy Taylor by six young White men.

In 2017, his abstract “THE IMPORTANCE OF WOMEN VOICES IN STRUGGLE: Emphasis on the Black Woman’s Voice,” tells us how reading the autobiographies of former members of the Black Panther Party, Angela Davis and Elaine Brown, informed him of the patriarchy within Black movements for freedom and equality.

His 2018, 700-plus word epic poem It Must End! (BLACK FEMALE BOYCOTTS AGAINST BLACK MEN IN THE PEN) he warns of a pending calamity within the Black community, as more and more Black male prisoners are turning to psychotropic medications to cope with the collective alienation they get from the Black female.

In his role as the keeper of Hip Hop’s historical traditions from behind-the-wall, C-Note tells us of “The Miseducation of Armani G.” The 19 year old Flint, Michigan, female rap-phenom, who struggled with homelessness, literacy, and a father who was in prison.

Writing for Music Magazine, “‘Savage’ Brings The End Of Men,” C-Note tells us Megan Thee Stallion’s 2020 best Hip Hop Video Award over five male artists at the 36th annual MTV Video Music Awards:

“Like Chaka Khan’s 1970 hit, ‘I’m Every Woman,’ ‘Savage’ is a lyrical tour-de-force espousing feminine prowess unmatched for mere mortal men. The reason why ‘Savage’ slayed the men, it’s the 21st century version of ‘I’m Every Woman.'”

In a 2020 Muzique Magazine interview “How Female Mc’s Have An Advocate In The King Of Prison Hip Hop,” it begins:

MM: We’ve noticed you write about women artists.

C-Note: I love women. I think they have important things to say. I don’t write as a Critic, I write as an advocate, informing the public they need to hear what this person has to say. I’ve ghostwritten articles on teenage Australian rapper Nina Lee Kisses on her rap song Pink Pantha. If you love Biggie Smalls not as a drug dealer, but as a criminal assassin, and if you love Kylie Jenner, then you’ll love this song.

Despite his visual and literal history, to date, C-Note has never been written about in any mainstream art publication. Without recognition from mainstream art publications, C-Note will be unable to transition from an emerging artist to a mid-career artist, then to an established artist, where prints of his works are projected to sell at $150,000 per print, rather than the $5,000 that they sell for now.

According to Contemporary Art consultant Allan Schwartzman, with over 40 years in the Contemporary Art Market, works by African American artists are the most sought-after art. However he cautions, it is the hardest to get to.

What kind of visibility do women have in the established art World, let alone Black women? Despite the “White” establishment, kind of pronouncements of reparations in the art world after the death of George Floyd, as long as artists are working in underground art scenes, they are ignored.

We hope you enjoyed this retrospective look at one of the most important emerging contemporary artists in the underground art scene.

Bonus

Droning the Look Up! 2 Art Exhibition | YouTube

Wanna join C-Note’s fan club???

Just take a photo with you next to his work and send it to us. To learn more about C-Note visit his website www.c-note.org or to send him donations for art supplies or prison commissary (food), click on the Jail Pay link, J-Pay.

Teenager Offers Community Over Chaos in Flint Michigan

Flint, Michigan, teenage rap Phenom Armani G is raising funds to fund an August fundraising event for youth services and violence awareness.

So many times the things that are deemed newsworthy are the losses not the victories, the despair rather than the hope. Does anyone even remember Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old from Miami Gardens, Florida, and victim of a state-sanctioned murder? If it wasn’t for the peaceful protests and rallies, Trayvon’s killer would have never seen the inside of a courtroom.

Fast forward eight years later to 47-year-old George Floyd, unlike Trayvon, whose murder was conducted in the cover of darkness and no eyewitnesses, billions saw the 8 p.m. cell phone video of the nine minutes and twenty-nine seconds of having a knee to his neck that led to another state sanctioned murder of an unarmed African American.

Trayvon’s death led to the creation of hashtag Black Lives Matter; Floyd’s death led to the movement flexing its Global muscles. It is ironic, people want to move, and wear their black lives matter mask, t-shirts, and hold up protest signs for the dead, but are dead silent when the living seeks out those same inflamed passions for community building.

All of America is aware of the deindustrialization of America’s Midwest. How the Great American car companies whose manufacturing might converted themselves into tanks and aircraft assembly lines to defeat the Nazis in World War II. However, after two generations, these American behemoths had no credibility with capital markets as credible borrowers, and had to be bailed out through the American taxpayer.

Time and time again, money is somehow found to build prisons, fight endless Wars, bailout poorly-managed multinational corporations, and Wall Street Bankers. We can show solidarity with dead Black lives but none for the living.

Since May, Americans can raise a combined $30,000 in gofundme for dogs [https://www.gofundme.com/f/keep-the-shelters-clear]; or Nick’s Cross Country Southern Tier Bike Tour
[https://www.gofundme.com/f/nicks-cross-country-southern-tier-bike-tour]; but only $30 for a Flint, Michigan, Black girl who wants to give kids like her growing up a safe place free from violence and to force those whose lifestyle create these violent outcomes to re-evaluate their choices.

Every newsworthy story about Black America doesn’t have to be about Doom and Gloom. If you are from the American South, North, East, or West, and have marched and protested for any of the Black martyrs of the last decade then step up to the plate for Armani G whose GoFundMe is for an event for the Black Lives who are living, rather than showing up outrage at another Black life laying amongst the dead due to senseless violence, state-sanctioned or not.

Hi everyone my name is Armani G I am from Flint Michigan I am 19 years old female rapper. I am here today to throw fundraiser for a event that’s called Let It Go. I am here to speak about the awareness of the violence that’s going on in our community as there’s no one helping us or anything I am here today to say we all need to come together to put the guns down our community not speaking up and there’s nobody reaching out to help us our children is dying our community is breaking apart. Why speak so low if you really don’t know flint. I Armani G here just one teenager just trying to make a difference in her city by leading by example. the donation will be going to the genesee county teen quest helps young youth find summer jobs all around flint and i appreciate anyone that makes a donation thank you very much and may God bless those all.

Now what are you going to do? Be reactive after another Black on Black murder, or cop killing of an unarmed Black person; or be proactive with this young daughter, our Shero, who is doing something now for us, the living.

Please donate to:
Fundraiser by Armani Gilmore : Let It Go https://gofund.me/7412e306

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