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" America is haunted by an apparition steeped in slavery, and I wanted to remind everyone that, 'Yo, we've got to handle this.' "
" People thought 'Classic Man' was processed. But then they realized, 'Oh, this guy actually is that man, and he actually dresses like that.' "
" I think a lot of people try to be someone else, and Young Thug really is who he is. I love his melodies, how he dresses, how he carries himself. "
" I am, always have been, and always will be proud of my Nigerian heritage. "
" All across this world, especially within the African diaspora, we feel like there is a constant devaluing of our culture and our livelihood. "
" I describe myself as a big kid with an old soul, I'm very playful whimsical, but I definitely have that old soul as well. "
" When I brought home a 98 percent on a test, my father would say, 'Ah, ah, where are the other two points? Go and get them, then bring them back.' My father and Nigerian culture has always stood for excellence. "
" If I'm shopping at the Gap or Old Navy, I'm saying that I'm an ordinary person: I don't want to be seen; I don't want to stand out. That's a statement. If I'm wearing a leather jacket, there's something about me that's kind of a rebel. So everybody says something, whether they want to or not. "
" I work predominantly with tailors from Nigeria, Ghana, and Senegal. "
" The affinity towards suits was a functional thing for me early on because I was thrifting at secondhand shops, and it was also initially a way of grieving - my father had passed, and he used to wear suits all the time. "
" A great tailor is like a great personal trainer - they tailor that suit to your natural physique. "
" While the majority of my childhood memories are beautiful, I also have experienced the challenges that Nigeria has faced since independence. "
" Most of the suits I try to wear are bespoke. "
" I think it's important to not just think about what you want but what's needed in the world. "
" I myself have been scrutinized by militarized police, but I know officers who actually handle themselves in a certain way that makes me feel safe. "
" You love who you love. I happen to just love a lot of women. "
" When hip-hop came along, men and women started dressing down as a form of rebellion. "
" I was raised in Nigeria, and my mother is white, but I never saw her as white, not until I came to America. She was just my mother. She didn't really have a color. "
" If we can believe in our own value, then we won't try to denigrate and diss and just roast women all the time. "
" Ever since the decision of Robin Thicke and Pharrell, we believe that it was important to make sure that we are safe. When that Robin Thicke verdict came out, we realized that the game had changed in music. "
" My name is Jidenna, which means 'to hold or embrace the father' in Igbo. It was my father who gave me this name and who taught me countless parables, proverbs, and principles that made me the man I am today. "
" I think each artist lives with purpose. A strong sense of purpose. We know who's come before us. "
" There are always pluses and minus to commercialization. It broadcasts something to the masses. So that's the plus. The minus is it may lose some of its meaning if you dilute it. "
" A classic man is a distinguished man. He cares about taste and his craft. He's all about the simple model that I live by - eat, drink, be swanky, and have fun getting the job done. He makes sure that he's excellent in all things and that he cares about his neighborhood immensely. "
" Swanky means classy and funky. "