NBA player Carmelo Anthony recently left the NBA, wrapping up a season that was cut short due to the Coronavirus pandemic. For now, Carmelo has new things in store other than the NBA.
In a New York Fashion Week presentation, Carmelo introduces StayMe7o Propel Program, an initiative focused on showcasing Black creative expression. The collection will be presented in a virtual show called A Black Future. Carmelo gives insight on how the name ‘Black Future’ came about, in a BET interview, he stated “We asked the designers to consider what the future looks like for the Black community. From a creative standpoint, what does the world look like for us 5 years from now? As Black people we deal with so much trauma on a daily basis so my goal was to amplify the voices that have been marginalized and underrepresented for far too long, especially in the fashion industry. “
Carmelo teamed up with seven designers to create sweatshirts featuring the graphic sensibilities of each. Included in the collection are designs from Ghetto Gastro, Shakira Jovanni, DIEM, the Brooklyn Circus, Barriers Worldwide, Tier, and Demestik. Anthony releases a video via Instagram during the day of the release, elaborating on the significance the black community plays in shaping our future and even fashion.
“I was trying to figure out what this year was gonna be,” Anthony to Vanity Fair in an interview. “How do we propel young, creative designers, and Black designers?”
The 3-D fashion show debuted Monday, Sept. 14 virtually during New York Fashion Week on www.stayme7o.com .