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Liberated ThreadsBlack Women, Style, and the Global Politics of Soul$
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Tanisha Ford

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781469625157

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469625157.001.0001

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For Chelsea

For Chelsea

Soul Style in the New Millennium

(p.185) Epilogue For Chelsea
Liberated Threads

Tanisha C. Ford

University of North Carolina Press

This concluding chapter lays the groundwork for further work in the field of black fashion studies. It argues that future scholarship will have to grapple with the geopolitics of the United States’ relationship with the burgeoning African fashion industry and how such politics ultimately grow America’s empire. The United States has dominated other African markets—oil, copper, and diamonds—for centuries. Fashion is the new frontier. Some activists are already concerned about labor exploitation now that economists are predicting that “the next Asia is Africa” as multinational companies scurry to find cheap labor. These economic factors are unfolding as celebrities such as R&B singer Beyoncé and first Lady Michelle Obama are popularizing African fashion in the realm of social media.

Keywords:   Michelle Obama, Beyoncé, Maki Oh, YouTube, Geopolitics, African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) #BlackLivesMatter

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