For Us, By Us- The Interview Project by Tyreck Fuller

Black History Month may be over, but we're still going to celebrate black excellence. I thought it was necessary to get some creative thought and provocative answers concerning numerous scenarios. With so much happening in the world and with black people in general, I took it upon myself to ask these young minds several different questions ranging from dreams and aspirations to feelings about the black community as a whole. Their answers were superb.

Anayes Baldwin

Q: What does FUBU (For Us, By Us) mean to you?

Anayes Baldwin

Anayes Baldwin

Anayes: When I think about FUBU, I think about a culture that has been created by people that share a common background-- people of color. I feel that cultural appropriation, whether it be inspired by the black, Hispanic, or Asian community, is so popular these days that it's important not to forget where and who it stemmed from. FUBU is a celebration of who we are and how no one can do it quite like we can.

Q: What do people of color need to know and/or do to overcome the current adversities in the United States?

Anayes: People of color need to understand that in order to overcome the adversities set upon us in the United States, we must first, not believe them. For too long people of color have been labeled and told what we’d accomplish and Anayes Baldwin what isn't possible. So in order to overcome, people of color have to stop letting others write our futures for us. We also have to uplift each other. The more we begin to do these things, the sooner those statistics will become alternative facts.

Q: As a black woman, what's one thing you that makes you proud of the opposite sex?

Anayes: As a black woman, there are many things I love about my other half...the black man. But one thing for certain is that I love how strong of a grind our black men have. I believe black men have to grind harder than most other men, because the world wasn't placed directly at their doorstep. So when I see a young man on top of his schoolwork it makes me happy, and when I see a man working long hours to be a provider, I respect it.

Chanique O’neal

Q: What does FUBU (For Us, By Us) mean to you?

Chanique: To me for us, by us means: what we create, curates how we express our similarities that are not like everyone else. It is how we as people of color, black people, support each other.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish this year?

Chanique O’neal

Chanique O’neal

Chanique: This year I hope to accomplish whatever my heart desires, projects I've wanted to start, but have been fearful to began because I lack experience in them or they don't correlate with each other. I no longer want to be hesitant!

Q: As a black woman, what's one thing you that makes you proud of the opposite sex?

Chanique: What do I love about black men? You mean, besides their skin lol (all complexions btw). I love a black man's power and strength when used right. I love the support that a black man can give women and the admiration that children have for them. I love them for simply being them and standing in their truth. They possess power okay!

Armond Mosley

Q:What does FUBU (For Us, By Us) mean to you?

Armond: FUBU to me, is a means of cultural expression. We, as a black people finally have the freedom of expression to show our creativity and style in clothes that may or may not be made for us or made by us, however, we make it look nice. For Us, By Us is the promotion of our culture.

Q: Non poc typically say that black people really their worst enemy, do you agree??

Armond Mosley

Armond Mosley

Armond: In most cases that saying is quite true. In general, we are our own worst enemy, and that goes for all races. But specifically referring to people of color, most of the time we talk down to ourselves making ourselves seem less important than others. This is due to the way we were treated in the past and even in the present. People of color are still looked down upon and because of the compiled hatred/negativity, our minds have pretty much been programmed to look at ourselves that way.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish this year?

Armond: This year, I have plans to use my music to speak to the youth, as well as, spreading the peace, love, and happiness to the world, explaining to everyone that violence or negativity isn't the way. My music will also express to people that it's alright to be different and that we don't have to feel like we have to fit in. I also aim to have a successful clothing line, which will also have the same set of purposes.

Felicia Walker

Q: What does FUBU (For Us, By Us) mean to you?

Felicia Walker

Felicia Walker

Felicia: FUBU to me, in general, means anything relating to the African culture that's been brought to life by the African culture FOR the African culture. That could be anything from art to clothing, even music. It's all about taking something simple, making it unique, through the eyes of your everyday African American human being.

Q: As a black woman, what's one thing you that makes you proud of the opposite sex?

Felicia: The one thing that makes me proud of a black man is the creativity that they possess. There's something about the strive of being the best or the most influential of their generation. I think that with the threat of white men taking the spotlight with ideas, it drives them to work twice as hard.

Adonis Morgan

Adonis Morgan

Q: Non poc typically say that black people really their worst enemy, do you agree?

Felicia: Black people, if anything, are our greatest motivators. We are a force and a movement. We have our moments where we clash, we are often the butt of a joke or made a farce of on social media, but when we come together as a whole, we're unstoppable. #BLM

Adonis Morgan

Q: What does FUBU (For us, By us) mean to you?

Adonis: To me, it's describing something that we put out for ourselves and our culture. Black culture is one of, if not the most influential cultures in the world. Wherever you go you can see something that we had a hand in whether it was intentional or not. So, FUBU is very important in the regard that we can finally have something just for us.

Q: What do you hope to accomplish this year?

Adonis: This year I'd like to take all my endeavors a step further. I've been making music and singing for most of my life and I'd like to take that to another level, doing more shows and releasing a product at some point. Modeling is also a point of interest for me and I hope to get some more practice in this field as well as in the acting field.

Q: How do you rise above it or what keeps you motivated?

Adonis: Music is a huge part of keeping myself motivated and out of trouble. I have so much passion for it and it's really easy for me to get lost in it even while I'm just doing everyday things. I try to use the same drive in other parts of my life too.

Brandon Crawford

Q: What does FUBU (For us, By us) mean to you?

Brandon Crawford

Brandon Crawford

Brandon: I see FUBU as meaning something that was crafted specifically for a certain group of people. In this case specifically for black people. It can be a culture or a style of fashion that we have and that we experience and that we love because we know that it was meant for us and that no other individual of any of race can take it away.

Q: As a black man, what's one thing that makes you proud of the opposite sex?

Brandon: All the black women that I have met in my lifetime, so far, are some of the most beautiful and strong willed human beings that I've come across. My mother, for example, was a single black mother for my entire life working as a correctional officer in a prison and supporting three kids. She grew up on hand me downs and always made sure that my siblings and myself had our own sense of style with our own identities. Even now, I have the privilege to have my closest friends be three incredible black women that I have known for almost a decade and I have watched grow into their own skin and battle adversity. Black women impress me every day with their knowledge and power that a lot of individuals, unfortunately, take for granted.

Q: What do people of color need to know/or do to overcome the adversities in the United States?

Brandon: We need to love each other and find that our strength is greater in unity. History has found that black women and men can overcome some of the most dangerous and life-threatening circumstances when our numbers are high. When we band together for one purpose or goal, there is no stopping us. With the past couple of years of incidents with police brutality, it's been amazing to see the will to fight for what is right and how many of us go outside and protest, knowing that it could potentially be a life threatening situation. People continue to count us out for these stereotypes they see in the media, but we are ever changing and gathering strength, knowledge, and power.

Terria Lee

Q: What does FUBU (For us, By us) mean to you?

Terria: To me, for us, by us means black men and black woman coming together to show the world that it's nothing wrong with being one. Let's come together as a black community and help build each other, uplift one another and support what each black individual has going on for themselves. This shoot and magazine showcase different black individuals with different personalities, different fashion statements, and how we can show nothing but fun and support for one another. We want people to see that and possibly do it too.

Q: what do you hope to accomplish this year?

Terria Lee

Terria Lee

Terria: This year I have a lot I want to accomplish. I've been through a lot and honestly, my priorities have been messed up. But this year, I'm going to invest in myself and open up a clothing line called "Mommie Boutique” for women and "Men's Boutique" for men. Starting off small with items to see what sells fast and what I need to expand. I have a son to feed! So, I'm in "Go hard and hustle hard for me and mine!” mode. As a young black woman, I have to be the leader and build my own business cause it won't fall on my lap that easy.

Q: What's your black girl magic?

Terria: My black girl magic is modeling. Creating the perfect image for people to see my creativity and to show that every model doesn't have to be a size two. Models come in different shapes, sizes, and skin tones. My black girl magic is being a beautiful black woman with the magic of creating and showcasing a perfect image.

Q: what do you hope to accomplish this year?

Terria: This year I have a lot I want to accomplish. I've been through a lot and honestly, my priorities have been messed up. But this year, I'm going to invest in myself and open up a clothing line called "Mommie Boutique” for women and "Men's Boutique" for men. Starting off small with items to see what sells fast and what I need to expand. I have a son to feed! So, I'm in "Go hard and hustle hard for me and mine!” mode. As a young black woman, I have to be the leader and build my own business cause it won't fall on my lap that easy.

Q: What's your black girl magic?

Terria: My black girl magic is modeling. Creating the perfect image for people to see my creativity and to show that every model doesn't have to be a size two. Models come in different shapes, sizes, and skin tones. My black girl magic is being a beautiful black woman with the magic of creating and showcasing a perfect image.

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