The Beale Street Papers, Vol. 4
Conscious rage and a responsibility to our people brought you here. Welcome to the Beale Street Papers, a Friday paper from BALDWIN. If the streets is talkin’ every now and then, it pays to listen.
First things first, RIP to the King of Wakanda and a real life hero of example, the too young, eternally gifted, and proud Black Chadwick Boseman. Senior Editor James R. Sanders writes in tribute: “Boseman brought a unique brand that blended conscious Blackness with empathy and Black Boy Joy — Chadwick Boseman was a hero in the tradition of Paul Robeson and Sidney Poitier. He didn’t fall for anything, which is why he always stood for something — even before he was T’Challa.”
As Thurgood, Jackie, James, a troubled cop, a detective avenging his sister — an actual Avenger, and the King of a land that we wished was real, thank you. For everything. Truly. Thank you.
For most publications, September is their busiest month, but gone are the days of 800-page glossies on newsstands thick enough to rival the Yellow Pages. This season is about purpose and so with that, BALDWIN presents its first ever fashion editorial — Paid in Full.
Shot by the incredibly brilliant Mark Gaskins, Paid in Full is the brainchild of stylist and creative director James R. Sanders. On New York concrete, we address the narrative of Black youth and their presence, no matter how fabulous, is still a threat. To see the story, click here.
NEW FROM BULLET
BALDWIN is pleased to introduce one of our newest columnists, the insightful and prolific Karen Leonard. She’ll be penning the monthly ‘My Pronoun is Black’ column which addresses her experiences as a Black Queer Woman from Kenya, now living the US. Read her inaugural column here.
As we incorporate more multimedia projects, this week we’re featuring an incredible interview with finance expert and founder of The Ivy Investor Courtney Richardson. She doesn’t hold back on the topics of Black homeownership, pandemic relief, and pivoting during these trying times. Watch the interview here.
NEW FROM BALDWIN BITES
As LoveCraft Country continues to gain popularity on HBO, our Culture Editor Bianca Gregg is bringing us regular recaps publishing every night after the new episodes. Last week’s episode was eerie in the best way and Bianca wrote the heck out of her recap. Read it here.
We don’t know about you, but this pandemic has helped slow progress where fitness is concerned. But… we got you covered. Meet Olumnide Onajide, model and physical trainer with a serious background in social justice and urban development. He pens our first ever fitness column, ‘The Hero Diet.’ Check it out here.
NEW FROM BEAUTY BY BALDWIN
Our video editor Paige Wilson recently sat down with the incredibly dapper gentlemen from the fine men’s accessories brand Armstrong and Wilson for a filmed conversation about the state of fashion, menswear’s evolution, and staying afloat during Covid-19. Watch the first part here.
Senior Editor James R. Sanders closes the fall fashion spread with a touching essay about his experience working for a popular brand and the division among Blacks in all supporting departments. Read it here.
BALDWIN’S BOOK OF THE WEEK: Chosen by Culture Columnist Jakeia Person — Dr. Claud Anderson’s ‘Powernomics: The National Plan to Empower Black America.’
For this generation, it was Nipsey Hussle who brought popular attention to the principle of “building and buying the block.” This concept is one of many Black delegating strategies presented to us in ‘Powernomics: The National Plan to Empower Black America.’
Author, Dr. Claud Anderson’s 2005 recipe details with accurate information and explanations, the ongoing racial tension with breaking the wealth gap. It’s a guide for Black Americans to reach for self-sufficient purpose to grow the cultural competency amongst races through industrializing one’s community.
For years as other races built upon their cultural communities, flourishing to build generational value in America, Black Americans enriched the life for other races before their own. ‘The National Plan to Empower Black America’ dissects the income, control, historical analysis, and definition of “permanent underclass.”
BALDWIN’S ALBUM OF THE WEEK: Chosen by Culture Columnist Jakeia Person — A Tribe Called Quest’s ‘The Low End Theory.’
1990s Hip-Hop group, A Tribe Called Quest’s, ‘Low End Theory,’ hypothesized general affirmations in two to three-minute tracks. The album proclaimed the controversy that continues to harm the Black community today.
‘The Low End Theory,’ tackles the ambiguity of America’s economic and social conditions to the urban culture in captivating deliveries — all while adding the self- developed electric soul-funk.
To interpret genuine, common beliefs about the nature our people live in, ‘The Low End Theory,’ will have you cogitate over the obstacles that have been clearly in our environment since our very existence.
BALDWIN’S LAST WORD
This week hasn’t been easy. Black lives continue to transition — becoming unfulfilled ancestors with no justice and no peace. Each loss is more heartbreaking than the last. What’s perhaps most devastating is the realistic and justified fear that justice, true justice — will never come. It has become an audacious hope that in our community, is treated as a crime.
Welcome to the way it is.
The biggest tribute to every life lost, is to keep standing. Once we survive, we should all be trying to thrive. Becoming a success, is our reparations. BUT (and I don’t know about you), I still want my money.