By Kaylan Curvey, Contributing Writer
The beginning of Black History Month and Super Bowl weekend in the city of Houston was buzzing, with locals and visitors scanning the city for entertainment. At the Buffalo Soldier Museum, HBCU alumni and fashion lovers came together for ‘A Big Game Affair’ supporting the Houston HBCU Alumni Association.
The Superwomen & Men of HBCUs Fashion show hosted by actor and Houston native Aundre Dean , showcased fashion from African American owned boutiques and designers. Designer Mimi Irvin from Meye Label Vintage Shop presented a sequin slay collection for the night, letting the HBCU models melanin gleam on under the light of the runway. One by one the models strutted and posed for cameras, selling the garments with ease.
As the models rip down the runway Singer and Prairie View A&M University alumni Erin Stevenson sang “Selling Love” by Jill Scott and some of her original songs. She shared how PVU gave her grounding and a feeling of being apart of something being bigger then herself. Stevenson continued saying that the tradition of HBCUs presence and purpose is critical for our children and the generations to come.
Also on the runway was Boss Lady Couture, Dia Bocage, and Modchic Couture. Michael Strahan showed off his Suits which are exclusively at JCPenny, making all the women in the audience hope for the return of the classic men era.
After the fashion, Michael Strahan talked about the importance of HBCUs and how we must support them and their alumni. “HBCUs represent 3 percent of colleges and universities, yet graduate 20 percent of African-Americans who hold undergraduate degrees. In engineering, technology, math and science, HBCUs turn out 25 percent of African-American undergraduates.”
During these times in our Nation HBCU’s presence and purpose is critical. It’s important that we continue to support our HBCU’s and support their alumni. And what better way to do that then through fashion. The show just showed more reason why Houston is so talented and we have to be involved, connect, and inspire one another to rise above. I cannot wait to see what the rest of Black history month has in store for the city of Houston.