Stylist Jason Rembert@ Rocawear PopUp Shop (NOLITA)

“Do stay classic. Do stay original. Do know your lane. Know your lane and follow it!” Jay Z’s fashion brand Rocawear set-up a temporary shop on Mulberry street to gift special friends and Jason had a line of people waiting to be styled by him. I had to ask Jason his story. Our conversation covers urban fashion, how “being exposed to VIBE” influenced his career; top swag cities in the world, the value of a stylist; the dos & dont’s and being a minority in fashion.

Jason’s current editorial work can be seen in the pages of Vogue, Giant, Prestige International, Vibe, Fashion Queen, Florida International, Uptown, V Man, Ebony, and H magazine. The joy of styling for him lies in creating a well-executed image, one that cleverly combines elements of classic style, with a fresh modern twist.  He believes it’s his determination that distinguishes him, his ability to maneuver through any and all obstacles to produce his best work.

Thanks to Rocawear and Jason for adding some swag to my wardrobe, which consist mostly of Robert Graham.

Rocawear converted the Openhouse Gallery on Mulberry street into a temporary Rocawear Style Suite.

Joan Morgan: Poetry, Salsa, Jamaica & 3 Interpretations

Joan Morgan. Entrepreneur. Writer. Mother and loved and admired by many including yours truly. Joan was one the first people I met in NYC back in June 1992. This story was filmed at Joan’s Spur Tree Birthday soiree with 3 of her girlfriends sharing stories and qualities about Joan. Joan Morgan is an award-winning journalist and author and a provocative cultural critic. A pioneering hip-hop journalist and entertainent writer, she began her professional writing career freelancing for The Village Voice before having her work published by Vibe, Interview, MS, More, Spin, Giant and numerous other publications. Formerly the Executive Editor of Essence and one of the original staff writers at VIBE, Joan Morgan is the author of When Chickenheads Come Home to Roost — a fresh, witty, and irreverent book that marks the literary debut of one of the most original, perceptive, and engaging young social commentators in America today. Her work appears in numerous college texts, as well as books on feminism, music and African-American culture. She is currently teaches “The History of Hip-Hop Journalism” at Duke University.” So that’s what I do. Here’s a bit about who I am. I’m a Jamerican girl, born in hills of Westmoreland Jamaica and raised in the South Bronx whose been lucky enough to carve out a career writing about the things I care about most: among them hip-hop culture and the lives of black women. I have an amazing kid whose wit, courage, kindness and heart inspire and humble me everyday. I’m a New Yorker, a city girl through and through. I love great restaurants, stilettos, a good mojito and fine wine but I live in the country so I can hear myself think. I write from my office overlooking the river with my dog at my feet. All things considered its a pretty good life.

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