Jenifer Lewis Rocked Nike On The Red Carpet To Support Colin Kaepernick
Many a fashion statement was made on tonight’s Emmys red carpet but none was quite as impact as Jenifer Lewis’. The self proclaimed “Mother of Black Hollywood” decided to skip the designer gowns and couture creations and instead hit the red carpet in head to toe Nike. She walked the carpet with a glitter check on her chest and her natural hair on her head, proud to be representing her blackness and the company that stood by Colin Kaepernick in his fight to make a statement about police brutality.
Lewis is not alone in using her clothing to send a message that they’d like to be on the right side of history.
Actors, athletes, and musicians have been more intentional about the attire they are choosing to wear and advocate for in the spotlight recently. Issa Rae wore all black designers when she was tapped to host this year’s Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards, Lebron James chose four black women to design his latest basketball sneaker, and Kaepernick requested black designers for the clothes pulled for his GQ shoot.
She is however the first Black actress to completely eschew formal attire on one of Hollywood’s biggest nights for a bigger reason.
As more and more celebrities began to effectively use their public personas to seek permanent change the red carpet might hold more surprises.
Lewis quoted Nina Simone when speaking with the hosts of the Live At The Emmys prior to the awards ceremony commencement. “The job of the artist is to reflect the times”, she said. And as for whether or not it was an appropriate time to make such a statement? She said “What better time than right now.”