For Delcy and a small defined group of black men in New York, specifically in Brooklyn, dressing like a gentlemen or a dandy is a way of life. They are defiantly veering from the saturated images of urban black man in the globally recognizable uniform of oversized silhouettes and casual attire. Delcy would never be caught dead swimming in his clothes; “I think the most unattractive thing is a man in ill-fitting clothes,” he says. These polished black gentlemen, which also include not only Americans, but also Africans and Caribbean immigrants, approach wearing bow ties, tailored suits, cuff links, and pockets squares, with an equal amount of zest, meticulousness and self-pride. They possess an enthusiasm and commitment to style that rivals Congo’s dandies, Les Sapeurs.
Dawn of the Dandy: The New Black Gentlemen [BBook]
Who said that time heals all wounds? It would be better to say that time heals everything - except wounds. With time, the hurt of separation loses its real limits. With time, the desired body will soon disappear, and if the desiring body has already ceased to exist for the other, then what remains is a wound, disembodied.
The Wanted’s Nathan Sykes Goes Solo With ‘More Than You’ll Ever Know’
Boy bands come and go, but there is always one member that stands out and manages to stick around after everyone has gone their own way. With Nsync it was Justin Timberlake and with 98 Degrees it was Nick Lachey. Now that British all-male singing quintet The Wanted is on hiatus, it’s time for the guys to all find their sound and attempt solo careers. Nathan Sykes is the first to put something out under his own name, and it’s actually rather good.
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The rest of the world was at That Lesson, the one we missed because of a toothache or diarrhoea, the one where they - the rest of the school - were told how the world works and how to comport themselves with confidence and ease. We all missed it and have felt insecure ever since.