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Apparently Dashikis Are Popular In (Local) DC Now

(If anybody knows who created that celebrity afro-centric picture, please let me know.)

When I got to Morehouse College in 1997, there were two groups of people on the yard whose geograhic residence was pretty easy to point out: Atlanta and Washington, DC. Atlanta was easy for me for obvious reasons, to the point where it was even fairly easy to distinguish between an East side dude and a West side dude. But DC, those cats were on a whole other plane. DC had some of the most distinctive fashion styles I’d ever seen. Everybody from DC seemed to go out of their way to be as DC as possible, from the cut up t-shirts and bedazzled headbands and HOBO, Madness, and ddtp tshirts. Not to mention the drop socks, love affair for foamposite sneakers and affinity for New Balance, Warner Bros, branded race car jackets, Harley Davidson, and oddly enough, cowboy boots. From 1997-2001, it was almost impossible to NOT be able to tell the people, guys and gals, from DC.

In 2001, I moved to DC for grad school and expected that trend to continue, except I realized something: folks from DC came to Atlanta and went extra hard for their region. Truth is, folks in DC pretty much looked like everybody else when not wearing DC specific attire. Well over time, and as hip-hop and the internet have taken over, the DC culture that I thought was so cool has pretty much all but disappeared. Kids in DC look like kids in LA who look like kids in NYC, etc. And they all look like Lil Wayne knockoffs. It’s not dis, it’s facts only. And as I’ve gotten older I’ve stopped paying so much attention to specific DC stylings as I used to anyway. Because of where I live in the city, I do catch remnants of old DC: lots of New Balance, go-go, and occasionally somebody who still somehow has a ddtp shirt.

Now, I’m a young urban professional in a city overrun by them. Most of the “real” DC has been pushed to the fringes of the city and out into Maryland. This city is so expensive that living around here is a financial burden even for those with a very good job. Prince George’s County, Maryland (or PG as it’s affectionately called) is not only the spot where most of the people you know from the DMV are actually from, but it’s also the most inexpensive part of the entire region. It is ALSO the area with the worst malls known to man. Look, I realize that I’m reaching considering that on almost any given Saturday, I could be found at Greenbriar Mall in Atlanta and it was almost the standard bearer for “fuck-and-run” malls (urban malls with lots of baby clothing store and shoe stores), but three malls in PG County definitely compete.

Iverson Mall, Forestville Mall, and PG Plaza or as it’s now known, The Mall at Prince George’s.

Recently, I took my daughter to PG Plaza because we were killing time after eating dinner at Carolina Kitchen and I figured what the hell, let’s go see what the locals are up to. Never again, b. Every store was playing the explicit version of every Future of Migos song on the radio. Almost as if on cue, each store I went into played some music that made me turn around because I don’t want my daughter hearing that shit. As I walked through the center of the mall, again, almost as if on cue, from a table of three, maaaaaybe 14 year olds featuring two girls and a boy, I hear, “so do you suck dick or not?”

I left. Never will I return there with my daughter in tow. Well, while I was running through the mall and using my hands as earmuffs, I noticed something. Quite a few kids we wearing dashikis. I thought maybe there was some type of afro-centric something or other going on. But then I started paying attention, every single hood clothing store had a mannequin or a rack outfront with dashkikis. And dope ones too. Various colors to choose from, some even had hoods on them. I walked into one store (and then quickly walked back out, kids and shit) to check the prices, and they were on sale for $19.99. Interesting.

I wanted a hooded dashiki by the way, but because I was afraid I’d ruin my child, I figured I’d make that trip to Iverson Mall (nearer to me) to make that purchase because if they had them at PG Plaza, I knew Iverson Mall would.

IMG_5777And I was not disappointed. As soon as I made my way to Iverson Mall, sans child, I noticed a few kids rocking dashikis. I found mine, rolled out, and was happy. As I went to the grocery store near my house, I noticed SEVERAL younger kids and teenagers also wearing dashikis. Apparently, they’re the hot shit right now in DC.

Every so often that’s what I’ll do, head to the hood malls to see what each store is selling. There’s almost always some specific item or type of item that is hot in local DC at the moment. Right now, that happens to be dashikis. Colorful, vibrant, afro-centric dashikis. I have no idea why, or how that ended up as the recent fashion trend, but it is and I couldn’t be happier. As it’s almost time for kids to head back to college to continue their education at whatever bastion of higher learning their test scores and wallets lead them to, I wonder if all the DC kids are bringing dashikis back into the regular rotation. I guess it’s entirely possible that the dashiki is making a comeback nationwide, what with everything going on, a certain Black nationalism wouldn’t surprise me, especially amongst younger, “woke” types, though my guess is that folks rocking the dashikis are mostly wearing them because they’re fly.

Either way, if you’re in DC and you see a teenager rocking a dashiki and you throw up a fist for Black power (because all you want is his freedom) and he or she looks confused? It’s alright. They might not know what they’re wearing it, but wearing it is half the battle.

Black power.

Panama Jackson

Panama Jackson is pretty fly (and gorgeous) for a light guy. He used to ship his frito to Tito in the District, but shipping prices increased so he moved there to save money. He refuses to eat cocaine chicken. When he's not saving humanity with his words or making music with his mouth, you can find him at your mama's mama's house drinking her fine liquors. Most importantly, he believes the children are our future. You can hit him on his hitter at panamadjackson@gmail.com.

  • BmoreLikeLA

    It’s a trend that I’m enjoying but I’m scared that we might have to leave it soon… I saw a YT at artscape with one on. The SO and I just looked at each other in confusion. (There was also a YT woman with a tote bag that read: “what injustice has white privilege done today” or sum like that)
    Also, I should go to the African store around the corner from me to buy mine right? Not Amazon for the lowlow? I know I should, but just…wanna check

    • panamajackson

      I went to Dazzle.

      • BmoreLikeLA

        makes me feel better… I’ll just go price them before I press “confirm order”

    • Jennifer

      The YTs have been rocking them for a minute. It’s the “new kaftan”!

      http://www.refinery29.com/2015/08/92715/elle-canada-dashiki-trend

    • kingpinenut

      Everyone’s Place got em…

      I stayed away from 2520’s at Artscape – especially on the last day.

      • BmoreLikeLA

        Sankofa is around my way but my coworker told me to try Everyone’s Place… I’m just not trying to hit North Ave.

        • kingpinenut

          North Ave is my go to place…. ;)

  • Glockenspiel

    Man! In them days you could spot a DMV kid from across the yard……Solibato, Mchunu, Parasuco, and slouch socks had me super confused, yung. I was in Harlem a few weeks back and ALL of the stores had them dashikis. The YT’s had ’em on too…..O_O

    • blkgrlMAGICALfairydust_glitter

      yaaaaassss I had the parasucos on lock!! ???

      • Blueberry01

        I’m guilty.

      • L8Comer

        Parasucos, slouch socks, and ddtp shirts was my Steeze lol! Slicked back pony tail, big hoops, lip liner, clear lip gloss, and my Walkman / discman

    • Mochasister

      Why are white people wearing dashikis?

      • Glockenspiel

        Chiiiile I have not the slightest clue. I surely gave them the screw face when I did see it. Smh.

        • Mochasister

          I will never understand why a supposedly superior group of people would copy people who are so “inferior” to them.

  • Other_guy13

    Why is Kim K on that picture though??

    • panamajackson

      Inquiring minds would like to know lol

    • BmoreLikeLA

      I can’t answer yours, but can you answer mine? Who are the two on the right? In the stars and with the red headwrap? I tried to figure that out yesterday and still dk

      • Other_guy13

        My guess is Serena Williams and Alicia Keys

        • BmoreLikeLA

          …….that’s serena? mmmmm…okay

          • Other_guy13

            I never said it was a good picture

            • What is on Jigga’s mind in that picture?

              • Other_guy13

                “Why is Kim K on this ish”

              • Nikolean

                The release of Beyonce’s Lemonade album.

          • Dee

            lol listen, I had to do a double take on that one.

            • Other_guy13

              Say I’m wrong though

              • Dee

                You’re right lol this pic has me laughing so hard right now? Why is Jigga so angry?

                • Other_guy13

                  Cuz Kim K in there and his wife not.

          • miss t-lee

            I don’t think that’s Serena…lol

            • PhlyyPhree

              I just mentioned up thread, I would have put money it was Kevin Gates

              • miss t-lee

                LEAVE…lol

              • Lea Thrace

                I HATE YOU AND I AM IN TEARS

        • Nik White

          OK the cheekbones could be Serena’s but I thought it was a dude.

        • I see Serena now. That took a minute.

        • LOL Oh man, you are killing me today. It’s a terrible pic but that ain’t even close to no Serena.

        • Oh wait, I take that back. It is a Serena body double. I still got my chuckles in at Zoe Saldana tho.

      • RewindingtonMaximus

        Beyonce & Alicia Keys, to the left next to Drake is Ri Ri

      • Janelle Doe

        To add; I need a picture identifier for everyone except FLOTUS, Jay -Z and Drake. Please. Maybe Panama can do an update ?

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          Drake, Jay-Z, Barack, Michelle, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, & Kim K.

          • Janelle Doe

            Thanks RW, some of those I can see now that you pointed them out. Rihanna not so much, but the others for sure.

            • RewindingtonMaximus

              I figured it was Rihanna in the light blue, just looked like it to me.

              You’re welcome!

          • Sigma_Since 93

            I thought Rick Ross was Mr. T

            • RewindingtonMaximus

              haha nah Mr. T would not fit in this pic

              • What?! Mr.T would be perfect.. He wore his hair the way he did in homage to the Mandinke warriors of Mali… er maybe I just have a thing for Mr. T…who knows…

                • RewindingtonMaximus

                  Which is a great thing of course! I just say this one is using more recent celebs, thats all

                  • you right— I just prefer seeing Mr.T to Rick Ross.. but you make sense

                    • RewindingtonMaximus

                      Aye I’m right with you, that would have been a better choice

          • Junegirl627

            You forgot Serena

            • PhlyyPhree

              I swear I thought that was Kevin Gates

              • E_Deshon

                Im pretty sure thats Kevin Gates….like 100% sure.

                • Ice Jones

                  omg, i’m on the floor. i had to go back to figure out who ya’ll thought was kevin gates and got to serena and died about 3 times over. this post and these comments have made my day lmao

          • Dee Flyy

            that beyonce def looks more like lisa raye #doover

            • E_Deshon

              It is definitely lisa raye. I dont see Beyonce at all.

          • Gibbous

            Why did I think that was Mr. T up in the back? Am I old?

            • RewindingtonMaximus

              Nope, not at all. That’s actually a good thing that Mr. T could stay on the forefront of people’s imaginations like that, he was that damn good.

          • Gibbous

            You don’t think that’s Serena back right?

            • RewindingtonMaximus

              I kept thinking it was Kevin Gates

        • Nik White

          Yeah – who’s next to Rick Ross?

        • Alicia Keys

        • Rihanna

        • Muhamnad Ali, Rick Ross

        • The front chick looks like Lisa Raye but I bet it’s Beyonce. Lol

    • RewindingtonMaximus

      Because there’s been enough Black DNA inside of her to clone her own African colony, that’s why.

      • Other_guy13

        Bruh…..

      • Damb

      • Sigma_Since 93

        Time of death….3:16 pm

      • …OMG lol. (Also, ew).

      • Jennifer

        Kim K owes you money, doesn’t she?

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          Hmmm…now that you said that, she probably does.

          I’m about to run up on her like a drug dealer now.

      • Ani-Q

        Savage!

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          *bows* Savage Inc. at all times, that’s my company right there.

      • Brass Tacks

        Yeezus, Rewind?!

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          I mean…it’s just Blood on the Leaves homie

      • Oooooo SON!

        HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!

        • Lea Thrace

          I just want the fro in this gif…

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          I’m so stealing this gif

      • Mochasister

        She irritates me to no end.

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          She is what she is at this point. I stopped hating, but she’s rich enough to still get a shot or two thrown at her every once in a while.

      • NonyaB

        S-S-SAVAGE! ?

        • RewindingtonMaximus

          ahahaahaha that’s a funny one right there.

          • NonyaB

            Moanin’ Lisa recognize real, so she had to take a minute outta posing still in the Louvre to give you your props.

            • RewindingtonMaximus

              ha! I feel like I got a salute from the President now

    • Medium Meech

      It’s provocative…it gets the people going.

      • Nobody knows what it means!

      • Sigma_Since 93

        Ben Carson’s Black Jesus would look better in the pic

        • Medium Meech

          I mean yeah, but name a pic he wouldn’t look better in? The Mona Lisa? The Scream? Lil Kim with the lolly pop? The Obama change logo?

    • JennyJazzhands

      I know. I was feeling it until I saw that white woman.

    • ChokeOnThisTea

      Bruh.

    • Mochasister

      I thought the same thing.

    • Your Mama

      words right outta my mouth.. get her off and take Kanye with her, put Kendrick up there or something.

  • Mzpw2016

    Awww man…why is there a Kardashian included in the dashing painting? *sigh* Anyways, back to the article….

    • Mzpw2016

      …& by “dashing”, I mean “dashiki”…..stupid auto-correct….*sigh again “

  • I would say Kanye had something to do with the picture but the clothes aren’t tacky, ripped, or dingy.

  • A.G.

    OMG Panama. That picture is hotep greatness.

    • A.P. Millz-CT

      minus Kim Trash, yes.

  • Ess Tee

    The first time you mentioned New Balances, my breath caught in my throat. The second time you mentioned them, my heart sank. I own three pairs, and now I’m wondering if that means DC is slowly influencing my sartorial choices?

    In any case, I think dashikis been making a comeback over the past couple of years. My sister, 19 going on 20 in a couple months, been rocking one for the past year or so and she lives out in Howard County.

    • PhlyyPhree

      “I’m wondering if that means DC is slowly influencing my sartorial choices?”
      Probably.
      I’ve noticed a lot of those gladiator sandals and interesting lipstick colors creeping into my wardrobe lately.

      • LadyJay?

        That’s DC interesting lip color. Thought it was BX. Lawd Jesus, take the darn wheel, already. Neon green. You look like a frog, stop it.

        • Jennifer

          “You look like a frog, stop it.”

          HA! Facts.

        • PhlyyPhree

          Found myself seriously contemplating this lavender shade the other day because it would match my hair. Bout to be out here on my Violet Beauregarde steez

          • LadyJay?

            John 11:35

      • Brooklyn_Bruin

        That’s a D.C.thing?

        Wearing electric blue and hazard yellow? All those bright but flat colors?

        Interesting

        • PhlyyPhree

          Yup. The crazy colors with the matte finish.That’s us.

          • Brooklyn_Bruin

            Thank you for breaking it down.

    • BmoreLikeLA

      I was so confused when I saw people wearing NB when dressing up…I had an extensive convo with my friends back home in AR about how weird it was. So yes, DC is getting to you

      • Ess Tee

        I took my (step)dad and sister around DC for sightseeing a couple weeks back. I rocked my gray pair NBs with a spaghetti-strapped dress lol

        • BmoreLikeLA

          lol, the city has you, girl, just accept.

          • Ess Tee

            I keep tryna deny it lol

    • Val

      But why New Balance? The K-Swiss thing back in the day I got but New Balance being a thing confuses me.

      • Ess Tee

        I don’t even know lol. I have (and love) my Chucks–because I’m gon’ be LA ’til I die!–but I also started buying New Balances a couple years back. Part of it for me may be because I don’t want to wear Nike. (And, yes, I know that Nike bought out Converse, but still…)

    • kingpinenut

      I got four pairs….yo boy types too so I been told…

  • MFer

    The dashiki trend started a while ago, so seeing people in the DMV wearing them makes sense, considering how late the DMV is in regard to trends. Here’s a Cosmo article that helps make my point. If the Internet reported on how celebs were wearing them last year, then the ‘trend’ probably originated long before then. http://www.cosmopolitan.com/ng/celebrity/a1016/celebrities-dashiki-trend-continues-at-new-york-fashion-week/

  • Thank you for reminding me of those stupid @ss headbands.

    • panamajackson

      You’re welcome.

  • miss t-lee

    I thought they were popular everywhere?
    IDK–I’ve always dug them. Got pics of my Pops wearing one back in the 70s.
    I may or may have been shopping for one as of late.

    This picture though…oh dear….lol
    Rick Ross in the back is killing me softly.

    • Sigma_Since 93

      I wore mines to the beach this weekend. The looks some of Dwights gave me was awesome.

      • miss t-lee

        I found one in my favorite color finally, so I think I’ma make that leap.

        • Sigma_Since 93

          Do it and send receipts :D

          I’m looking at getting another one.

      • I like the way they look but they never were my style.

        • Sigma_Since 93

          I took a chance and stepped out of my comfort zone. I’m glad I did

      • Mochasister

        Why we’re they looking at you? Did they think you were going to start a revolution at their precious beach?

        • Sigma_Since 93

          They didn’t know what to think of us; a brotha in his African garb, his lady in her Bougie Black Girl tank, kids with random graphic tees. lol

          • Mochasister

            Good thing you weren’t speaking Swahili or some other language. They might have thought you were terrorists and called the police on you!

    • What material are they made of because the weather here is sticky as heII right now. #goldbondseason

      • miss t-lee

        The ones i’m interested in 100% cotton, because as you know it’s two shower a day season here, as well…lol

        • It most certainly is. By the time I leave the gym in the afternoon it’s bad. Last week was the hottest week I remember and naturally that was the week it finally stopped raining.

          • miss t-lee

            It was 92 when I left the house at 9:30 this morning.
            I wanted to just go back inside…lol
            August is always the worst.

            • South Carolina had the hottest July in recorded history. It would be hot AF every day then rain in the afternoons until last week which made a sh***y month even worse.

              • miss t-lee

                Oh gawd. That sounds hellacious.
                Humidity was 100% for few weeks, I was like “can we just not?:”

                • It’s been so bad. Last Friday it was 85 when I got up around five. It’s Civil War battlefield hot.

                  • miss t-lee

                    Hang in , man.

                    • You too!

                    • miss t-lee

                      Plenty, plenty water.
                      Although, we saw Fitz and the Tantrums last week at an outside venue, and even though the sun was down I think I sweated out 20lbs.

                    • brothaskeeper

                      Maaaaaaaaaaaaan, it’s hot as the first Middle Passage ship right now!

                    • miss t-lee

                      I saw a dog chase a cat, and they were both walking.

                    • Ctfu.
                      T for the win.

                    • miss t-lee

                      And old saying I’ve heard the old folks say…lol

            • Val

              92 at 9:30a. D@mn. I complain about Northern California weather being boring but I’ll take this over that.

              • miss t-lee

                Yeah girl. Texas summers ain’t no punk…lol

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