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9 Chic Color Combos Sure To Elevate Your Style Game

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Whether you're vaxxed and waxed or minding the business that pays you, it's high time we all serve up looks on all occasions. We know you may be in a style rut considering the past year we all experienced. One unfailing way to mind the gap is to elevate your style game. How do you do that, you ask? With color combos.


Color blocking is risky business but it's so worth it. The art of pairing colors may not be in your wheelhouse but we have no doubt it will boost your personal style instantly. Dynamic duos are not hard to pull off – the trick is to commit. Need some convincing? Ahead, find a few magical black women showing us color combinations that take your fashion choices to new heights.

Keia in Green & Blue

Keia didn't have to come for us like this. We are glad she did though because she is giving all the inspo! Centering your color combo around your sneakers is a surefire way to get the job done. Try finding some colorful kicks and then choose your top and bottom based on the dominant colors. Don't doubt yourself, you got this!

Kimberly in Pink & Yellow

The vibrance of pink and yellow will brighten up any room. Kimberly kept it simple but chic by using both colors to make a bold statement. The classic tunic can be found in almost any store and you can find similar trousers in a thrift store. If you're looking to go the extra mile, try getting your trousers tailored to create a sophisticated look.

Maya in Green & White

This one is for the minimalist. Neutral colors are your best friend but we want to challenge you to play around with your signature palette. Take Maya for example, she used the bright white top to embolden the dark green coordinate set. White can be paired with literally anything so you'll always look put together when rocking it with a not-so-safe color.

Temmiy in Blue & Orange

Blue and orange are extremely complementary colors and Temmiy is the proof. At this point, it's go bold or go home. This digital creator is wearing a custom-made two-piece that deserves to be adored. Between the symmetry and synchronicity of the hues, I would wear this getup to every function.

Morrinah in Yellow & Black

Back in the day, Wiz Khalifa had us singing "Black and Yellow" religiously and now Morrinah has us ready to buy all the black and yellow off of the racks. By simply using a contrasting color for accessories, the D.C. blogger mastered pairing opposing colors and making them look like they were pre-destined.

Madeleine in Purple & Green

Is it us or does this combination surprise you? How is it so fly? We believe it's because it looks very similar to nature and flowers. The aesthetic is refreshing and polished – just the way Madeleine likes it. She loves a good suit and this one is giving what it's supposed to had gave with the pop of green. Suits are a feasible way to transition into color blocking because the suit is doing the heavy lifting.

Sharron in Blue, Pink & Yellow

Three colors are better than two! Sharron is one of the queens of color combos. She manages to make it look so effortless. It's clear that she truly believes in showing off her bold, colorful, edgy style. The fashionista loves to encourage women to step out of their comfort zone to discover their very best, most powerful selves. Looking for a way to take risks? Grab some colorful bottoms and then select three popping colors from the print for your top, shoes, and accessories. And just like that, you have a vacation-ready outfit.

Zamar in Black & Lime

If overstood the assignment was a person, it would be Zamar. The luxury pieces are giving us all the feels as our house believes Black women deserve all the luxury. Adding texture to your shade fusion is a stylish option when trying this trend. Zamar's crocodile skin boots and jacket elevate the simplicity of the bodysuit and printed shorts. There's something about the lively lime and the seductive black that makes it fuego.

Sade in Pink & Green

You don't have to be an AKA to don pink and green. It's also a brilliant doublet that looks stunning during the warmer seasons. It's fun, flirty, and all types of trendy. Even fashion houses like Moschino appreciate the power of pink and green. Sade gave us various shades of green and pink and we can't get enough. She layered the shades of this look beautifully.

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Over the past four years, we grew accustomed to a regular barrage of blatant, segregationist-style racism from the White House. Donald Trump tweeted that “the Squad," four Democratic Congresswomen who are Black, Latinx, and South Asian, should “go back" to the “corrupt" countries they came from; that same year, he called Elizabeth Warren “Pocahontas," mocking her belief that she might be descended from Native American ancestors.

But as outrageous as the racist comments Trump regularly spewed were, the racially unjust governmental actions his administration took and, in the case of COVID-19, didn't take, impacted millions more — especially Black and Brown people.

To begin to heal and move toward real racial justice, we must address not only the harms of the past four years, but also the harms tracing back to this country's origins. Racism has played an active role in the creation of our systems of education, health care, ownership, and employment, and virtually every other facet of life since this nation's founding.

Our history has shown us that it's not enough to take racist policies off the books if we are going to achieve true justice. Those past policies have structured our society and created deeply-rooted patterns and practices that can only be disrupted and reformed with new policies of similar strength and efficacy. In short, a systemic problem requires a systemic solution. To combat systemic racism, we must pursue systemic equality.

What is Systemic Racism?

A system is a collection of elements that are organized for a common purpose. Racism in America is a system that combines economic, political, and social components. That system specifically disempowers and disenfranchises Black people, while maintaining and expanding implicit and explicit advantages for white people, leading to better opportunities in jobs, education, and housing, and discrimination in the criminal legal system. For example, the country's voting systems empower white voters at the expense of voters of color, resulting in an unequal system of governance in which those communities have little voice and representation, even in policies that directly impact them.

Systemic Equality is a Systemic Solution

In the years ahead, the ACLU will pursue administrative and legislative campaigns targeting the Biden-Harris administration and Congress. We will leverage legal advocacy to dismantle systemic barriers, and will work with our affiliates to change policies nearer to the communities most harmed by these legacies. The goal is to build a nation where every person can achieve their highest potential, unhampered by structural and institutional racism.

To begin, in 2021, we believe the Biden administration and Congress should take the following crucial steps to advance systemic equality:

Voting Rights

The administration must issue an executive order creating a Justice Department lead staff position on voting rights violations in every U.S. Attorney office. We are seeing a flood of unlawful restrictions on voting across the country, and at every level of state and local government. This nationwide problem requires nationwide investigatory and enforcement resources. Even if it requires new training and approval protocols, a new voting rights enforcement program with the participation of all 93 U.S. Attorney offices is the best way to help ensure nationwide enforcement of voting rights laws.

These assistant U.S. attorneys should begin by ensuring that every American in the custody of the Bureau of Prisons who is eligible to vote can vote, and monitor the Census and redistricting process to fight the dilution of voting power in communities of color.

We are also calling on Congress to pass the John Lewis Voting Rights Advancement Act to finally create a fair and equal national voting system, the cause for which John Lewis devoted his life.

Student Debt

Black borrowers pay more than other students for the same degrees, and graduate with an average of $7,400 more in debt than their white peers. In the years following graduation, the debt gap more than triples. Nearly half of Black borrowers will default within 12 years. In other words, for Black Americans, the American dream costs more. Last week, Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, along with House Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Maxine Waters, and others, called on President Biden to cancel up to $50,000 in federal student loan debt per borrower.

We couldn't agree more. By forgiving $50,000 of student debt, President Biden can unleash pent up economic potential in Black communities, while relieving them of a burden that forestalls so many hopes and dreams. Black women in particular will benefit from this executive action, as they are proportionately the most indebted group of all Americans.

Postal Banking

In both low and high income majority-Black communities, traditional bank branches are 50 percent more likely to close than in white communities. The result is that nearly 50 percent of Black Americans are unbanked or underbanked, and many pay more than $2,000 in fees associated with subprime financial institutions. Over their lifetime, those fees can add up to as much as two years of annual income for the average Black family.

The U.S. Postal Service can and should meet this crisis by providing competitive, low-cost financial services to help advance economic equality. We call on President Biden to appoint new members to the Postal Board of Governors so that the Post Office can do the work of providing essential services to every American.

Fair Housing

Across the country, millions of people are living in communities of concentrated poverty, including 26 percent of all Black children. The Biden administration should again implement the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule, which required localities that receive federal funds for housing to investigate and address barriers to fair housing and patterns or practices that promote bias. In 1980, the average Black person lived in a neighborhood that was 62 percent Black and 31 percent white. By 2010, the average Black person's neighborhood was 48 percent Black and 34 percent white. Reinstating the Obama-era Fair Housing Rule will combat this ongoing segregation and set us on a path to true integration.

Congress should also pass the American Housing and Economic Mobility Act, or a similar measure, to finally redress the legacy of redlining and break down the walls of segregation once and for all.

Broadband Access

To realize broadband's potential to benefit our democracy and connect us to one another, all people in the United States must have equal access and broadband must be made affordable for the most vulnerable. Yet today, 15 percent of American households with school-age children do not have subscriptions to any form of broadband, including one-quarter of Black households (an additional 23 percent of African Americans are “smartphone-only" internet users, meaning they lack traditional home broadband service but do own a smartphone, which is insufficient to attend class, do homework, or apply for a job). The Biden administration, Federal Communications Commission, and Congress must develop and implement plans to increase funding for broadband to expand universal access.

Enhanced, Refundable Child Tax Credits

The United States faces a crisis of child poverty. Seventeen percent of all American children are impoverished — a rate higher than not just peer nations like Canada and the U.K., but Mexico and Russia as well. Currently, more than 50 percent of Black and Latinx children in the U.S. do not qualify for the full benefit, compared to 23 percent of white children, and nearly one in five Black children do not receive any credit at all.

To combat this crisis, President Biden and Congress should enhance the child tax credit and make it fully refundable. If we enhance the child tax credit, we can cut child poverty by 40 percent and instantly lift over 50 percent of Black children out of poverty.

Reparations

We cannot repair harms that we have not fully diagnosed. We must commit to a thorough examination of the impact of the legacy of chattel slavery on racial inequality today. In 2021, Congress must pass H.R. 40, which would establish a commission to study reparations and make recommendations for Black Americans.

The Long View

For the past century, the ACLU has fought for racial justice in legislatures and in courts, including through several landmark Supreme Court cases. While the court has not always ruled in favor of racial justice, incremental wins throughout history have helped to chip away at different forms of racism such as school segregation ( Brown v. Board), racial bias in the criminal legal system (Powell v. Alabama, i.e. the Scottsboro Boys), and marriage inequality (Loving v. Virginia). While these landmark victories initiated necessary reforms, they were only a starting point.

Systemic racism continues to pervade the lives of Black people through voter suppression, lack of financial services, housing discrimination, and other areas. More than anything, doing this work has taught the ACLU that we must fight on every front in order to overcome our country's legacies of racism. That is what our Systemic Equality agenda is all about.

In the weeks ahead, we will both expand on our views of why these campaigns are crucial to systemic equality and signal the path this country must take. We will also dive into our work to build organizing, advocacy, and legal power in the South — a region with a unique history of racial oppression and violence alongside a rich history of antiracist organizing and advocacy. We are committed to four principles throughout this campaign: reconciliation, access, prosperity, and empowerment. We hope that our actions can meet our ambition to, as Dr. King said, lead this nation to live out the true meaning of its creed.

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