by Amber Cortes
A young man stands on the edge of the runway, his beret, tipped perfectly to the side, emanates Black beauty, pride and power. He raises his fist to the air.
“All power to the people!” The audience claps as someone shouts the Black Panther Party slogan.
“C’mon, soldier!” Another yells.
“You lead, I will follow!” another woman emphatically adds.
The challenge, set forth to three local fashion designers was this: Combine inspiration from the legacy of the Seattle Black Panther Party, which celebrated its 50th anniversary over the weekend, with the cultural phenomenon that is the comic book action film “Black Panther.”