It's the name of the game that once you've broken ground and created a legendary career for yourself that you then use your resources to lend a hand down to the younger generation that you've helped break down doors for. Legendary costume designer Ruth E. Carter has truly done it all. An Academy Award winner that has worked on many groundbreaking projects including Spike Lee's 1989 film Do the Right Thing, Gina Prince-Bythewood's Love & Basketball, Ryan Coogler's Black Panther and its sequel Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, and plenty more (we'd be here all day if we were to individually list all of her credits). Carter's career spans slightly over four decades, beginning at the Boys & Girls Club in Springfield, Massachusetts where she learned the art of reading and designing patterns.
That's right ladies and gentlemen, Ruth E. Carter is indeed a Boys & Girls Club alumni, and it's where she returned this past Tuesday to lend her expertise on a virtual panel that discussed the importance of championing multicultural artists. Chips Ahoy! Partnered with Carter, the Boys & Girls Clubs of America, and the High Museum to unveil Happy by Design, a virtual AR experience created to inspire the next generation of multicultural artists and provide a national platform to highlight the works of up-and-coming multicultural artists.
We caught up with Carter and her new mentee Langston Howard after the panel.