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'Dandy Lion' rejects young black male stereotypes

Associated Press logo Associated Press 5/31/2017 By ERRIN HAINES WHACK, Associated Press
This cover image released by Aperture shows, "Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style," written by Shantrelle P. Lewis. (Aperture via AP) © The Associated Press This cover image released by Aperture shows, "Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style," written by Shantrelle P. Lewis. (Aperture via AP)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A new book is countering negative images of young black males as violent and dangerous.

"Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style" celebrates the global phenomenon known as "black dandyism." Curator Shantrelle P. Lewis says the men who adopt this aesthetic are using fashion as a form of resistance.

Lewis says she started "The Dandy Lion Project" seven years ago after being consumed by stereotypical depictions that did not resemble the black men she knew in her family or community.

Black Dandyism traces its roots to Edwardian fashion, but also incorporates African and hip-hop themes. The style known for its bold prints, bright colors and swagger can be seen in urban centers from Johannesburg to Brooklyn.

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