Collecting While BLK

Kiyanna Stewart, Co-Founder of BLK MKT Vintage

Kiyanna Stewart, Co-Founder of BLK MKT Vintage

Age: 29 Location: Brooklyn born & bred. Currently living in NJ. Profession: Educator and co-founder of BLK MKT Vintage Favorite vinyl record or throwback tune: “Cowboys to Girls” by The Intruders or “Love Is The Message” by MFSB "I get it from my mama." No, really. My mother is to credit for my entrée into the world of second-hand wares and thrifted/vintage goods. As early as I can remember, she was pulling over the car on the side of the road to pick up amazing castaways and taking me to the thrift shop with her on the weekends. During my...

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Adrian Octavius Walker, Photographer

Adrian Octavius Walker, Photographer

Age: 29 Location: Oakland, CA (St. Louis, MO raised) Profession: Photographer Favorite vinyl record or throwback tune: "Much Better Off" by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles We make everything look, sound and taste great. As a kid, I would visit my Aunt Pat’s crib, and find myself enthralled by the old photographs she had on display. The unfamiliar faces always left me intrigued. I would sit and listen to her narrate stories about my dad, his friends, and her husband’s family, all while gazing up at photos taken from the 40s through the early 90s. In the photos, it was...

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Skeme Richards, Professional DJ

Skeme Richards, Professional DJ

Age: 46 Location: Philadelphia, PA Profession: Professional DJ Favorite vinyl record or throwback tune: "As a DJ and music lover, it's tough to pick a favorite. My favorites change depending on my mood, but a good place to start is always James Brown's 'Revolution of The Mind' LP." What does black vintage mean to you? Black vintage to me speaks to a pre-1990 era of items produced for a black audience that are now deemed as "cool", collectible or highly sought after by the public. Black vintage sparks a sense of nostalgia and brings folks back to a fun, youthful...

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Jannah Handy, Co-Founder of BLK MKT Vintage

Jannah Handy, Co-Founder of BLK MKT Vintage

Age: 31 Location: Jersey City, NJ. Born & bred in Brooklyn, NY. Profession: Co-Founder of BLK MKT Vintage, Creative & Adjunct Professor Favorite vinyl record or throwback tune: The entire "Superfly" soundtrack by Curtis Mayfield What does black vintage mean to you? Representation. Black vintage is about seeing all the different ways we have existed. Black vintage is also the embodiment of fortitude. As a people, our fortitude has always been tested by the perils of white supremacy, capitalism and classism. One might say that our possessions have as well. In bondage, we were not legally allowed to own property....

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Syreeta Gates, Hip-Hop Archivist & Creative

Syreeta Gates, Hip-Hop Archivist & Creative

Age: 29 Location: QGTM Jamaica, Queens Profession: Hip-Hop Archivist, Director and Creator of Word Is Bond: Can’t Wait To Put The Writers On, Founder of #TheGatesPreserve + @YoStayHungry Favorite vinyl record or throwback tune: Total's "No One Else (Puff Daddy Remix)", the only joint that has Lil Kim and Foxy Brown together. What does black vintage mean to you? Black vintage is a reminder that we have always created history. It's a reflection of both the past and the present, while more importantly what is possible because of it. Black vintage is Us - #teamUS specifically. It’s scrolling past and liking an old photo on Instagram that you've never...

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