If you haven’t had a chance to head to the movies to see the film Queen and Slim, do yourself a favor and purchase a ticket from your local theatre. Over the holiday weekend, folks came out in droves to watch the touching film that featured a leading role from our ESSENCE November cover girl Jodie-Turner Smith and”Get-Out” actor, Daniel Kaluuya. And unlike many movies who utilize a black cast to grab viewership, this movie from the inside out was produced by black folk. From Lena Waithe to director Melina Matsoukas to stylist, Shiona Turini, Queen and Slim was created by this generations leading black creatives.

During the initial stages of promotion, Smith posed with her co-star Kaluuya in a pair of ankle-high snakeskin boots. What we didn’t know was that these boots would go on to have a voice of its own within the film. As the duo is on the run, (we won’t spoil the movie too much) Smith’s boots stay on her feet until the very end. Turini who was the costume designer of the film pulled those boots from the accessories label Brother Vellies – a black-owned brand created by Aurora James. James has designed for Solange, Beyonce, and most recently collaborated with Pyer Moss for its NYFW Spring/Summer 2020 show. “Thank you for thinking of me, for practically making my shoes a whole character in this movie,” James wrote on Instagram thanking Turini for pulling her product.

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I have so much to say, I’m not sure where to start. Maybe at the heart of this film – @msmelina. You were one of my first champions, before we ever even met. You supported me and showed me love so early on in a way that was so joyful and authentic – you rooted for me in a way that made me felt seen. You have always known that one woman of color winning was a win for all of us. Your support has always meant the World to me – I’m not sure that I’ve ever really expressed that to you. I’m so proud of you, not just for making this incredible film but for standing so true and in so much power as the Woman you are. And to @shionat – my ‘work friend’ that became my friend, friend. I love you. Thank you for thinking of me, for practically making my shoes a whole character in this movie. For telling black stories alongside black designers – black artists. You bring power and narrative into clothing which is the true definition of fashion as an art form. You’re one of the few stylists that understands that we are not just creating things to wear. We are capturing and commenting on moments in time and translating that into wearable objects. I am humbled to have so many @brothervellies in this film, and to be apart of your incredible vision. I will support you until the end of the Earth. And to @JodieSmith this is so well deserved, it’s been a pleasure to watch you blossom the past five years. @LenaWaithe thank you for telling stories that will come to define this moment in time. And for translating our feelings for people who haven’t understood them. Lastly, to everyone reading this – please go see this film. It’s important because it’s a creative expression of many black voices. When we talk about supporting each other, hearing each other, giving space for each other – this film, it’s message and it’s success is wrapped up and part of all of that. Support black art, in all its form. We only need each other. I love you. 🖤 #QueenandSlim @QueenandSlim

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And now those boots are for pre-order. The “Palms Boot” is said to be made for a queen and while the Brother Vellies creation is gaining popularity due to the movie, this has been a staple piece in the brands’ archive since 2016. “Support black art, in all its form. We only need each other. I love you,” exclaimed James.

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