The Art of Waving for GQ


There’s no despair like unraveling your durag in the morning to a scene of disarray. It's horrible. That's why we put together a comprehensive catalog of expertise on how to get waves. If you follow this handy guide, you'll never have to experience that sinking wave-less feeling again... (more)


Cartagena: Where to Stay, Eat, Drink on a Boat, and Dance in the Caribbean's Hottest Capital


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Like many other southern-raised New York transplants, I often suffer from severe cases of Seasonal Affective Disorder come January. Any time the temperature drops below freezing I am, more than usual, prone to sudden outbursts of rage. The past few years, to celebrate my late-January birthday, I have been sentenced to celebrate amidst a snow storm named after some unfortunate baby boomer. This time around, I was determined to bring in my big day shirtless. Colombia’s colorful Spanish-Caribbean culture, beautifully clear waters, and 90 degree mid-January weather forecast resonated with me in a special way this birthday season. All that, plus I found an insanely cheap deal on plane tickets and convinced a big group of friends to come with me...


At the Afropunk Festival, the Best Looks Were All About Soul, Power, and Politics



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Check out the inspiring style from Brooklyn’s legendary Afropunk Fest—including looks from stars like Sza, Miguel, Sampha and more.

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Once a year, Afropunk Festival comes to town—and once a year, Brooklyn’s Fort Green neighborhood gets a good ol’ dose of funky, badass, awesomely cool style, culture, and political expression from Afropunk. The same festival that stands out as arguably one of New York City’s most ecstatic displays of expressive freedom and eccentricity, also comes with a long list of non-negotiable rules: “No Sexism, No Racism, No Ableism, No Ageism, No Homophobia, No Fatphobia, No Transphobia, and No Hatefulness.” Afropunk is as much about the good music as it is about the good people.

In their 15 years of existence, Afropunk has managed to curate an environment that can only be described as an ethereal, momentary hideaway for black people from all corners and crevices of the diaspora —and this year was no different. The festival explicitly invites folks to come and be who they are, wear whatever they wear, and dance how they dance. It was a blank space to freak out in—and freak out they did.

Although Afropunk was originally founded as a music festival (this year Sampha, SZA, and Solange performed and they were simply unreal), the music almost serves as a soundtrack—especially this year—for a grander kaleidoscope of community, fashion, political statements, and strength of spirit. The scene was an overwhelmingly beautiful sea of brown and black faces using their style as a means of expression, protest, and activism. We sent our photographer to float amidst the dancing, double-dutch, and radiating to capture the magic for part of our Style In The Wild series.

Scenes from Crop Over, the Festival That Birthed All Those Rihanna Photos


What everyone who isn't Rihanna wore to Barbados' Crop Over festival

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Every few years, like some sort of solar eclipse, photos of Rihanna adorned in an arrangement of nothing but jewels and feathers grace the internet. In the following weeks, these rare and extraordinary images take over the internet; they are unavoidable, but we wouldn’t want it any other way.

The occasion we have to thank for this semiregular spectacle is Crop Over, Barbados' most popular and colorful festival. Its origins can be traced back to the 1780's, in celebration of Barbados’s sugar cane harvest. Now it’s a week full of events, a medley of food, music, and culture that all lead up to one of the most picturesque scenes you’ll find in Barbados: Grand Kadooment.

People from all over the Caribbean—and, yes, even tourists—join in on Crop Over’s dizzying carnival parade and “jump” with large bands dressed in vibrant and elaborate costumes. It’s a day where everyone gets together to drink rum (it originated in Barbados, remember), whine and vibe to Soca and Calypso music, and celebrate Bajan culture until the sun goes down, and then keep going much much longer after that.