BURBANK, CA – Innovative and award-winning production house 44 Blue Productions has acquired the rights to Shantrelle P. Lewis’ critically acclaimed book “Dandy Lion: The Black Dandy and Street Style”, and is partnering with JuVee Productions to executive produce Dandy Lions, a premium documentary series.

 

Dandy Lions will chart the history of the Black Dandy fashion and style movement and its increased attention in recent years, with the popularity of social media platforms such as Street Etiquette, and celebrities like Jidenna, Amar’e Stoudemire and Janelle Monae. Characterized by outfits that pop with brilliant colors, loud patterns and tailored precision, the movement has continued over many generations in black cultures around the world to become a recognizable aesthetic; but the story of Black Dandyism’s political roots, which originate in Enlightenment England’s slavery culture, represents a less well-known aspect of its story. Set today against the backdrop of hip hop culture that involves socially relevant conversations around police brutality, gender and more, Dandy Lions will explore how, as author and Executive Producer Shantrelle P. Lewis puts it, “for black men, fashion choices can be a matter of life and death.”