On this week’s Good Start. Hey guys, and welcome to Good Set. I’m Sally Turner. A new exhibition at a prestigious New York fashion school aims to celebrate the achievements and influence of Black culture. The exhibition was curated by Awa Doumbia and Kiara Williams, We wanted to keep everything kind of centralized around fashion in how it’s influenced the music and the art through time. We made sure to be very intentional with how we were changing the narrative. We can’t get rid of our history, but we can show that the story goes on. We wanted you to feel empowered when leaving this exhibition. We’re no longer oppressed. We’re no longer enslaved. We’re now kings and queens. Let’s show you everything that came from Black culture and black descent. But we also cannot forget about where we came from. It’s our biggest show yet, and it’s the first exhibition curated entirely by students. Their passion was so strong and I was into the idea immediately. We wanted to make it longer than just Black History Month. So it started in January; it will end in March. We started to explore the theme of this exhibition in an experimental way that we could push the boundaries. The exhibition is We’ve had artists say, ‘Wow, I’ve never seen my art work come so high before.’ And, like, that makes us feel empowered. Like, we did something. We changed someone’s life. That was an amazing feeling. While the ground floor exhibition highlights achievements in Black culture, the second floor houses. Awa and Kiara are We want tourists and we want passersby because we’re right on Seventh Avenue and 27th Street, and the spaces open from 9 to 9 every single day, which is unlike other museums or galleries, that we’re open every day. One of the most interesting people that we’re getting is the people that come off the Megabus because it’s the Megabus stop right there and they’re literally like, ‘Wow, where did we land?’ And I’m like, you’re at FIT, welcome! We’re getting a lot of middle school students, high school students coming in for tours and just seeing their reactions and how the students communicate amongst each other, like, ‘Oh, I learned this. Oh, this is something new.’ It’s just like, whoa, you know, feels like they’re connecting dots, things that we should do more often. The two hope the You need to understand where you came from in order to move forward. We had an opportunity as people of color to not only educate ourselves, but educate the whole community and others. And you see a lot of things in the media and a lot of times it is cultural appropriation—Rather than an appreciation. Rather than appreciation. And in order to make people fully appreciate what it is that they’re wearing and showcasing, the history needs to come along with it and knowing who started it and what it’s evolved to. And I’ve felt as though it was our duty to showcase Black culture the way that it needs to be showcase. ‘Black in Time’ we’ll be running at FIT until March 8. And that is it for this week’s show. Thanks so much for joining us. And we’ll see you back here next week for another Good Start.