The CFDA awards is one of the biggest nights in fashion history. Not only was Issa Rae, the creator and star of the HBO hit series Insecure, the first person of color to ever host the awards she also used the opportunity to make a powerful statement.
The line stiched into the belt of Rae’s dress was a silent reminder to Black America of our self-worth and the ability to reach our full potential. The line comes from the name of a popular 70’s song by Boris Gardiner.
The younger, Hip-Hop generation are familiar with the line from Kendrick Lamar’s 2015 To Pimp A Butterfly album. The song was sampled on the track, “Wesley’s Theory.”
While hosting the awards, Issa Rae’s monologue touched on Kanye West’s recent comments about slavery being a choice, that left many in the Black community upset and disappointed.
“I’m about as fashionable as Kanye is black. Only when it’s convenient. That joke was my choice, just like slavery.”