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Fashion Expert Constance C.R. White releases 'How to Slay' (AUDIO)

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How to Slay: Inspiration from the Queens & Kings of Black Style

What do Kanye West, Josephine Baker and Diana Ross have in common?  All three of them are featured in Constance C.R. White‘s new book, How To Slay: Inspiration from the Queens & Kings of Black Style.

The former ESSENCE editor, noted author and fashion/beauty/style expert has released a new coffee table book paying homage to the gods and goddess of Black fashion who have influenced runways from Brooklyn to Barcelona.

How to Slay offers a lavishly illustrated overview of African American style through the twentieth century, focusing on the last thirty-five years and includes 150 color and black/white photos.

Other fashion icons featured in the book include Dr. Maya Angelou, former First Lady Michelle Obama, hip hop stars Pharrell Williams, Jay Z and the Queen Bee—Beyoncé.

“With this book, I seek to document and represent how Black style is put together and worn, how it is presented, and how it has influenced fashion in ways both large and incremental,” says White. “My intention was not to make a comprehensive or definitive volume; it is meant to be a fun, informative, and entertaining journey through Black style.”

Listen to my entire UPFRONT interview with her below:

 

 

Ray Cornelius is one of Atlanta’s newest entertainment writers and media personalities. His arts and entertainment website, www.raycornelius.com spotlights the latest in “positive” African-American celebrity news and was established in 2012. Since that time Cornelius has covered a myriad of red carpet premieres, award shows and Atlanta-based films including Tyler Perry’s Temptation, The BronzeLens Film Festival, The Trumpet Awards, and The Steve Harvey’s Neighborhood Awards just to name a few. He has also interviewed a who’s who list of today’s top singers, actors and reality stars. With nearly 20 years of media experience, Cornelius has also worked as an associate producer for the Emmy-winning public affairs program, ATL Insider and with such award shows as The Soul Train Awards, The Trumpet Awards and BET Hip-Hop Awards.