History Repeats: The Roaring 20s vs 2020

They didn’t lie when they said that history repeats itself. Although we are 100 years apart, the roaring 1920s and 2020 has a lot more in common than you may think. (Enjoy my Roaring 20s themed 20th birthday shoot!)

For starters, you can’t have the 20s without flappers!

Women Empowerment

Smoking, drinking, and exploring sexuality were normal for the young women in the 20s. Short hair, short dresses, and cleavage added to the impact. One thing was sure: Despite the possible political and social misfortunes, the flappers of the 1920s sure figured out how to make some great memories and promote women empowerment. Those women were badass!! They changed the status of everything that a woman was thought to be. And made a stance that a woman is everything that SHE wants to be.

In 2020, we have a rise of women who are reclaiming their power-specifically in the rap game. Last month, rappers Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion released “W.A.P” which showcased their sexual innuendos and knowledge of their bodies. The song, along with the video, faced a lot of backlash as society was screaming that it was inappropriate and not a good representation of how women are supposed to carry themselves. *Yawn* These women are taking control over their own autonomy! Yassss ladies!!

Pandemics

We will never be able to talk about 2020 without mentioning the Coronavirus. 

In the 20s, the Spanish Flu plagued the world. Ending in April 1920, it contaminated 500 million individuals and about 33% of the total populace at the time–in four progressive waves. 

Black Influence

There is NO Harlem Renaissance without Black people. A time period of jazz music, plays, and literature proved that Black people are trendsetters.

In 2020, Black people are still following through with our fads. We are responsible for Hip Hop, fashion, hairstyles, and more! 

Civil Rights

In the 1920s, Women’s Suffrage and Black rights were some of the biggest concerns of the decade. During this time, women and Black people gained the right to vote!

Meanwhile we still have a lot of work to do in 2020. Within the past months, the Black Lives Matter Movement has grown stronger. Black people are showing that we will not stand for the injustices and brutality of our people. 

Wealth

Til this day, John D. Rockefeller is considered one of the wealthiest men in the world. In today’s money, the father of Standard Oil would have a total of 318 BILLION dollars according to foxbusiness.com.

According to Forbes, the father of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, is worth $200 billion dollars… Maybe he’ll get a huge christmas tree in the middle of Times Square too, huh?

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