Dandy Lion

Curated by Shantrelle P. Lewis

Juxtaposed against an urban backdrop where the clothing of choice for many Black men consists of a pair of sagging pants, exposed underwear, and white tees – the “hip hop generation” has produced another phenomenon of style – the New Age Dandy Lion. Noticeably different from his historical minstrel or Harlem Renaissance queer prototype, the 21st century Dandy Lion is more masculine than metro-sexual, more of an expression of the African mode of swagger than an imitation of European high-brow society. A performance and embodiment of sophistication, Dandy Lions are gentlemen of exceptional manners who consciously postulate what it means to be Black, masculine, and full of style, not simply as performance, but an embodiment of a lifestyle.