Aker: Futuristically Ancient

Yesterday, I watched Isaac Hayes’ Unsung on TV One and one thing that stood out to me about Hayes besides his musical talent was his fashion sense. The man who co-wrote the superhero lover songs like “Hold On, I’m Coming” and “Soul Man” for Sam and Dave, had his own particular smooth style. For a big, bulky Black man to not be afraid to wear bright colors like pink, red and orange would be thought of as a sign of gayness by some today, it was just a part of psychedelic style of the late 60s and 70s, and Hayes was one leader of that. He matched swagger with sensitivity. He wore the cool, insect-eye sunglasses before artists like Kool Moe Dee, rocked the bald head when it was not popular and wore outfits that made him look like a king from outer space. One such…

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