Black Ivy arose from a photo project between the guys at Street Etiquette and photographer F.E. Castlebury from Unabashedly Prep. Much like Take Ivy documented the fashion and lifestyle of ivy league college students of the 1960s, Black Ivy takes a similar, yet modern approach to documenting the fashion of the modern and stylish black man in the setting of America's most elite historically black colleges. The result is a beautiful set of photographs that in terms of fashion, clearly bridges the gap between the 1960s and today with an array of American prep styles, but from a perspective largely left out by the cultural circumstances of the 1960s. It also equally serves to motivate a new generation to accomplish their goals, much like the black ivy league schools did in the past, no matter what social limits exist.
No matter who you are, you can't help but get inspiration from the spoken word performance given by Joekenneth Museau (from a previous collaboration, Sewn From the Soul) in the video documenting the day of the shoot. He has a gift of speech shared by few. Check out the Photo Slide-Show and the story at Street Etiquette for more info.
Here is the video: