To put African brands in a singular box would be ridiculous — and Black Panther has proven this. The Marvel film is a perfect example of the continent's diversity in fashion and art. On and off-screen the cast has been sporting a designs from South Africa, Ghana, Uganda, Nigeria and even Sudan. If anything, the film has shown that cross culturally, African designers have a lot to say. If you're interested in dressing in black-owned shops, without breaking your budget, see what we gathered below.
The Black Panther hype is real. From #BlackPantherChallenge campaigns to help kids see the film to pre-ticket sales in the millions, everyone is getting ready for the Marvel film. Also ready for the big debut are the cast members who have been wearing an eclectic mix of designers for their press and red carpet events. But if we had the power to dress them for the big Feb 16, we'd tap these high-end black designers for the job. Trust us, they'd look amazing in these pieces.
The need for inclusivity in fashion will always fall on deaf ears if not approached with practicality. Having spent the entirety of her career in fashion as an editor, award-winning journalist and consultant, Constance White knows how inclusivity can be more than just a concept. "High fashion has become more embracing of black talent both as designers, models, editors, photographers, stylists and in retail," White told Teen Vogue .
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Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Musk AND Zuckerberg or Musk + Zuckerberg.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used). For example, results will contain either cake or cookie by searching cake OR cookie or cake,cookie
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
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Use parentheses to separate multiple
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Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".