November 25, 2016

This Couple Blended New Orleans And Nigerian Culture in #BlackestWeddingEver

PHOTO CREDIT: LAYLAH AMATULLAH BARRAYN
Written by Mike Orie of TheConsciousTip.com

This just might be the #BlackestWeddingEver.



This past weekend in New Orleans, Tony Oluwatoyin Lawson, founder of Shoppe Black and Curator Shantrelle P. Lewis jumped the broom at the Ace Hotel in New Orleans. 

Lawson and Lewis wanted their wedding to combine their Nigerian and New Orleans roots respectfully, and created the theme #JollofandJambalaya. And while it's the theme that stands out certainly, it's the Second Line after the wedding that's got people talking. 

Second lines are a New Orleans brass band filled parade tradition. The "main line" is the main section of the parade, while the "second line" is for those who immediately follow, often dancing simultaneously. 

To top it off, 80% of the vendors from the wedding were Black-owned. Watch the video below.

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Mike "Orie" Mosley is a freelance writer/photographer and cultural advocate from St. Louis. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Arts, Entertainment & Media Management from Columbia College Chicago and a Masters in Higher Education Administration from LSU. He is also the co-founder of music and culture website www.theconscioustip.com. In his spare time, he's probably listening to hip hop & neo soul music, hitting up brunch or caught up in deep conversations about Black music. You can follow him on Twitter @mike_orie or on Instagram @mikeorie

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