It’s art, it’s fashion, it’s music. Pworthy.com is a platform that showcases the work of African-American artists in a way they know best: through their art.
Patrice Worthy has been running the website for about a year. As a fashion writer and arts editor, she realized her interest went beyond fashion. She wanted to show the world the uniqueness of how Black artists express their views of life.
“They convey Black thought and talk about it,” said Worthy, a young Black woman who grew up in the suburbs of Illinois. “Art brings it out. It gives them a platform to express views they find wrong with society, and the things they love.”
Worthy is meeting Atlanta’s need for quality coverage for upscale Black events. Once she began researching more Black blogs and newspapers, she realized no one was covering Blacks in the arts. The response to her articles was explosive.
“Before I knew, it I had way more demand than I could handle. I began to scale back and only write about the arts, such as fashion, music, painters, film, etc. I still received the same response. I provide arts coverage with a contemporary voice including art forms like hip hop, fashion and graffiti that interest the young reader.”
Her content strategy is to provide the Black reader with information and content they can’t find anywhere else.
“There are a ton of Black blogs and websites out there so I have to stand out. Right now, I interview artists and cover events that are not covered by mainstream bloggers who tend to cover celebrities and gossip. My plan is to become a top authority on Black art forms as well as provide a platform for artists to express themselves. As a result, be a credible source for the next hot or big thing in fashion, music, film, and the arts in general.”
What I admire the most about Patrice is her bust-ass-edness. She works full-time as a customer service representative for a cable company, and then comes home, gets dressed up, grabs her camera and note pad, and hits the hot spots of Atlanta. I can barely keep up with her as I sip on a martini at a BET event one Thursday night.
“In Atlanta, they party Monday through Thursday,” she said.
I’ll stick to my occasional Saturday night outing, thank you very much.
Another unique feature about Patrice is her keen eye into American Black arts and culture. She says design is the strongest area in fashion and finds it fascinating that most designers in the fashion industry are mostly white, while the support is mostly black.
“Here in the states it can go from the bottom up,” she said. “Fashion can be influenced by black culture, hoop earrings, or grunge. What’s more interesting is how fashion can be translated from runways — the white ideal image — by black or Latin women wearing high fashion in their own way in a Black aesthetic.”
As for Black music, she became fed up with rap and its degrading culture.
“They are role models who do not live up to any kind of standards,” she said. “They’re showing our kids how to jump off a cliff.”
Patrice has come across Black men who are misled about life; who look to rappers and emulate them. She has become discouraged by those who want to do everything rappers do because it’ll get them the money rappers make. She says these young and impressionable men should open themselves up to other areas within music.
“Doctors and lawyers have houses just as big, if not bigger, than the rappers in the same neighborhood. They don’t know that blacks have already paved the way for them. It’s important to understand you can make money by not being a rapper.”
On the edge is one of those areas that’s very edgy. At first glance, you may question the brusqueness of the articles in this section, but Patrice says it’s designed to expose black hip hop culture for what it is.
“Love & Hip Hop producer Mona Scott-Young makes blacks look terrible,” says Patrice. “On the other hand there are people who do live that life. ‘What is going through your head to direct this reality show?’ It’s rough (and sad) to watch.”
Patrice likes to focus on artists like Rashid Johnson and Aaron McGruder , and has interviewed famous people Ludicris, George Clinton, Forrest Whitaker, Lee Daniels, Big Boi, and Big Krit. She attended Indiana University where she majored in arts/humanities and minored in African-American studies and sociology. She wrote for the Indiana Daily Student though she never took a single Journalism class.
“It never crossed my mind to write. I did it and loved it. Once I got into it, discovered how powerful it is, that’s when decided what I wanted to do.”