Versace, Gucci, Tom Ford...that's all I hear Black artists talk about in their music now-a-days. Knowing **** well most of us folk can't afford these things. But you know what? That's where some Black people fall into the trap. They are conscious enough to know that they need to make ends meet with rent, etc, but will pay an arm and a leg just to buy a piece of "high fashion" clothing. They think that white people will respect them more, or they will get a leg up in society, aka fit in. Then on the other end of the spectrum, you got Black people who surround themselves with mainly whites, trying to "get into the club". Trust me, I know what it feels like trying to fit in with whites, but I gave that up a long time ago (read my post Awakening Myself). The Black people who try to fit in with whites and disregard their own Black race, aka Uncle Toms, feel as if buying these high fashion garments will make white people realize that they are worthy of getting in with them. When in reality, you are still a "n*gger" to them. They do not care about you! So why spend hundreds and hundreds of dollars on THEIR high fashion when these people don't even care about you?? They're probably laughing to themselves like "look at this n*gger, wasting money." But they'll smile in your face. I'm sure you all heard of the story when a young Black male was accused of using a fake debit card to purchase a $300 belt. The young black male stated that he saw his favorite rapper, Juelz Santana with the same belt. This is obviously indicative that white people cannot take Blacks seriously when we buy expensive items. So what is the point of buying these things? Why should we support their high fashion brands when we get questioned on how we got the money for it? And when we do purchase it, its like "oh well. They are still n*ggers." If I have to go through all that just to splurge on myself a little, then never mind. Recently I was contemplating on a Louis Vuitton bag. I could see myself carrying it around proudly! But I changed my mind, you know why? Because of all these things I've just pointed out. But I'm looking to find some Black fashions that I can support. Anyways, moral of the story is, stop trying to fit in where you can't get in, and be more conscious of where your money is going. All the Black artists today talking about these name brand clothes could be giving back to the community with all the money they make. But nope. They gotta get more Versace. Kanye West stated in his earlier songs All Falls Down "even if you in a Benz, you still a n*gga in a coupe." Well said, Kanye.