What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? Read by Douglass Descendants.

What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? Read by Douglass Descendants

To say that this year has been a year of drama, fear, learning, change and enlightenment is an understatement. And we continue with opening your eyes by sharing this short film with you today on the ironically named Independence Day. (more…)

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Fireworks With Bizarre Names. Someone Had A Lot of Fun Naming These.

Fireworks with Bizarre Names

I always thought that naming lipstick colors would be a fun gig, but I’d never have thought the same about Fireworks until I saw these. Of course there are many types of fireworks that have patriotic names and references to bombs, explosives and blasts. And as you might suspect, there are a few with names that might offend. But then there are these… random, bizarre and in some cases, just damn funny. (more…)

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The Stars and Stripes in Black and White. Great Photos of The American Flag.

We are so used to seeing the American Flag in its colorful splendor, we can forget that images of Old Glory in black and white can be just as powerful. For this fourth of July, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite black and white photos of the American Flag by such respected photographers as Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Garry Winogrand, Elliott Erwitt and many more. And not the photos you’re used to seeing, either. Enjoy (more…)

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Distorted American Flag Sculptures for a Distorted America

Each year around the fourth of July, we try to introduce you to some sort of creative form of patriotism and this year is no different. Meet artist Paul Rousso, an American artist based in North Carolina who combines realism with abstraction in his oversized sculpted representations of everything from candy wrappers to cigarette packs. But since today is July 4th we are sharing with you his series of distorted American Flags, hand sculpted of styrene or acrylic. (more…)

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Oh No They Didn’t. The American Flag As Formal Wear.

American Flag Formal Wear

Hard to believe but there’s an actual market for U.S. Flag ball gowns, evening gowns, prom dresses and wedding gowns. While it’s not my personally preferred way of showing my patriotism, clearly it is for the following. Check out the American Flag as Formal Wear. (more…)

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Dynasty Meets Independence Day. Zuhair Murad’s Fireworks Embellished Couture.

Zuhair Murad Fireworks Couture

One of the world’s most spectacular fireworks displays, The annual Miyajima Water Fireworks Festival, did more than just ellicit ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ from the audience last year. It inspired fashion designer Zuhair Murad’s 2017 Spring Summer Couture Collection, Fires Waltz.
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