The June 16 printed t-shirts are proof that whatever the message, Black LA will always – and quite literally – find a way to say it with their chests. Malcolm X watched from the clouds. A proud Pan-African color explosion. It’s a scene from “Baby Boy” where Yvette is scolding Jody. Remembering lost Black icons, collage style in loving memory. Political statements do not indicate what we have lost, but what we have not. Dedication to the holiday itself.
It’s tradition: Use forward-looking attire as a way to tell a story about your culture, point to a shared reference, show pride in where you’re from, or to honor honor an identity. You wear these as a means of connecting with other people, hoping someone might catch a glimpse of the crowd and think, “Dope shirt.”
Pictures spent the day at the June 13 Festival at Leimert Park looking at the best t-shirts of the day. From personal, to artistic, to serious, to funky – here’s the official ranking of our favorites.
19. Tina Edwards, 62 years old, from Leimert Park
“It was the sixteenth of June. And I think that’s something special for me to represent.”
18. Corisha Jack, aka DJ Cori J, 32 years old, Compton
“It’s between this and a Tupac shirt from ‘Juice.’ It’s nostalgic, that’s why I chose it”.
17. Ashley and DJ Merritt, Phoenix
“It’s time for us to celebrate. Instead of July 4, we can now celebrate June 13. It tells us that we are free this time. Ashley says June 13 is our holiday. The DJ is from LA and wants to come back on June 13th.
16. Azonda Neré Gordon (aka Azonda the GOAT), LA
“For me, that means when I go out and I roll my hands up my clothes, I don’t want it crushed or lost. There is a perception of stonemasons and what they are like. But I [smoke] effectively. I’m like, let me create some fun. “
15. Dev, West LA
“It was Tupac’s birthday not too long ago. I [wanted] to connect with the community as well as represent the community. ”
14. Imani Ward, 25, Leimert Park
“It’s from a brand called God Is Dope. I got this about a year ago. I feel like I can be myself here, and I want to wear something that makes me feel comfortable.”
13. Randall Grey, 41 years old, Beverly Hills
“This shirt is part of the culture. Nipsey represents the community. He is one of the reasons we are here today united. “
12. Dawnyell Dixon, 25 years old, Compton
“I think it would be great to show the culture. It’s a movie we’ve all seen before.”
11. Donovan Newman, 25 years old, Chino
“Actually Pan-Africanism is mine -.”
10. Desmond Gooden, 30 years old, Long Beach
“This is the trademark of my homie, Squad S— Only. I feel in spirit, you feel me? Support my ancestors did this for us. We’re going to roll it out globally. We are about to take it further than they could have imagined.”
9. Danielle Harvey, South Central
“I grew up in the South Central Coast in the 70s, 80s and 90s when it was not the right place. Now that they’re here to help us, I think we perform better than the original. I am also a proud host in the South Central Coast. We will stop evolution. “
8. Darachanel Parker, 29 years old, Van Nuys
“Anti-Social Black Girl: It’s Like, the Politics of Respect? I do not owe your kindness”.
7. Dale and Tessa Herron, LA
“This is a representation of Black culture. Going out and facing Black LA, it was one of the very few events where we got to go out and show our full self. For me, this event was a total vibe. As well as Blackness,” said Dale Herron.
“We got it from a black-owned business, it’s called Blood of a Nation,” said Tessa Herron.
6. CJ Lewis, 24 years old, Long Beach
“Anytime [the cops] around, they make me nervous. The reality is that these ordinary people can have a lot of that power, and sometimes when you give someone that power, they take advantage of it. That almost always costs us Black’s life.”
5. Caleb twins, ages 5 and 8, Jacob and Grace, LA
“They’re wearing sixteenth-day shirts that say ‘Freedom since 1865’ because we’ve never really escaped the oppression of our country,” said their mother, Charity Chandler Cole speak.
4. Habibi Mitchell, co-founder of Guilty USA, with Gbemi Mustapha, wearing LA brand t-shirts
“Specifically, this t-shirt came to fruition seeing the change of this neighborhood. I used to live right around the corner, my grandparents had that house for 12 years. Looking at the neighbors now compared to the people they used to be, it’s like a completely different city. A completely different atmosphere.”
3. MJ, 28 years old, South Central Coast
“We have a contemporary archive – ITS-IN-SCOPE – that holds space for a study with homies and then converts it into artifacts in various forms. Some tees, some text, some pictures, some audio projects. This tee is recycling ideas, recycled materials, just to keep figuring things out. This speaks volumes for itself. Malcolm said for me: Be a builder, not a beggar. It’s really just the energy of building practice – really building from the ground up. ”
2. Brandon Anyanwu, 24 years old, Inglewood
“Jesus looks like us, you feel me? We must demonstrate our knowledge of ourselves. “
1. Zee of Zee Printing, LA
“In Leimert, things like this are the most common. It’s very controversial and that’s a claim. [People] want to represent something or be part of a movement. “
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