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    Aero Manyelo - Rabo Dlegha

    South African DJ/Producer Aero Manyelo releases his latest synth-heavy single "Rabo Dlegha"
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    Pumzi

    Pumzi (Breath in Swahili) is a Kenyan science-fiction short film written and directed by Wanuri Kahiu. It was screened at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival as part of its New African Cinema program. Synopsis Set in a post-apocalyptic world in which water scarcity has extinguished life above ground[...]
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    Nigerian Mythology: The Orisha

     Once we spotted this beautiful gallery of Yoruba Orishas we knew we had to share them and add a little background information on this religious system. (See if you can spot model Azy Banks, Senegalese model and Africlectic friend!)  An Orisha (also spelled Orisa or Orixa) is a spirit or deity th[...]
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    "Rise Africa": Wafa Elamin Inspires A New Generation

    At a TEDx Talks in Khartoum, Sudan Wafa Elamin is riveting in her speech talking about the importance of coming together as a continent to help our local communities across Africa. As a 5th year medical student in Sudan, Elamin grew up in Ireland but came back to Sudan. Staying in the predominantly [...]
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    Google & The African Diaspora

    Google+ African Brothers - The story of a Ghanaian family keeping in touch through Google+, even though they are spread across three continents. What a beautiful commercial - and Google's choice of subject matter illustrates how the world is only growing more and more aware of the rising number of A[...]
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    Inside The Mind Of A Ghanaian: The Asante Documentary

    Shot and edited by Ben Gugino, emerging musician Asante speaks on his Music-Color Synesthesia, a psychological phenomenon that allows him to visualize different colors for respective notes in music. Using this as a tool for his compositions, Asante hopes that this documentary will shed light on the [...]
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    Muthoni The Drummer Queen Ft Octopizzo - Vile Inafaa

    Muthoni the Drummer Queen’s Anglo-Swahili “Vile Inafaa”, is not yo’ Mama’s “Hakuna Matata.” With her saturnine sidekick, the rapper Octopizzo, the triple-crowned singer, rapper and drummer throws a dynamite dance party on an industrial rooftop in the video for her single. Read more about the rapp[...]
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    Fashion Photo Series - Emotional Rescue

    Stunning imagery, wardrobe and makeup flawlessly executed. Photography Jorge Camarotti Styling Fritz    
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    Bold Bridal: Alek Wek for As If Magazine

    Sudanese model Alek Wek is stunning in her recent shoot for  As If Magazine, lensed by Tatijana Shoan. Alek is surrounded by flora in pastel, ivory and metallic gowns styled by Shanna Nicole and Elissa Aimee.      
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    Ghana's David Adjaye Lays the Foundation for Greatness

    Tanzanian-born self identified Ghanaian architect David Adjaye explains his working process and the role that his race and African heritage does and doesn’t play in his work, particularly as relates to designing of the groundbreaking Smithsonian National Museum of African-American History and Cultur[...]
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    Gabrielle Union for MIU MIU - The Door by Ava Duvernay

    Ava DuVernay has already achieved historic success as the black woman to win Best Director at the Sundance Film Festival for her film "Middle of Nowhere". Now, she goes from strength to strength by directing a beautiful short film for Italian fashion house Miu Miu for their fifth installment of thei[...]
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    Cowboy Metalheads of Botswana

    Yet more evidence of the rich and varied cultures existing in the broad continent of Africa: Although many of us enjoy getting down on the dance floor to a good beat, this small group in Botswana prefers leather and electric guitar riffs. In 2008, South African photographer Frank Marshall accompanie[...]
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    Dance Decoded: 5 Traditional Dances

    Theres nothing like getting down to some coupe decale at a party, or wrapping your arms around a loved one as you slow dance to some zouk. We have myriads of genres and dance styles in Africa but no dances have more significance and meaning than the traditional dances performed by the hundreds (or t[...]
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    Nelson Mandela's Valentine's Day Letter

    South African (and worldwide) icon Nelson Mandela's words and actions have always been about love, and peace and forgiveness. So it makes sense that we look back on his words on Valentine's Day 1995 when a young person asked him if he celebrated Valentine's Day. Mandela explains his lack of knowledg[...]
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    U.S. Army Does Azonto in Afghanistan

    Wow - a true testament to the spread and global influence of Azonto when the U.S. Army starts doing it! This video was an entry to the #ANTENNADANCE competition (in which people record themselves dancing to Fuse ODG‘s hit Antenna). Obviously, they butchered the dance - but was it cute or just stu[...]
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    Kuapo Kokoo: Cocoa for a Community

    Finally a chocolate that can taste as good on your lips as it does for your soul. Meet Kuapa Kokoo, the largest cocoa farmers' cooperative organization with 45,000 cocoa growers established in Ghana in 1993. The cooperative was formed in part of fear of Ghana's liberalization of the internal cocoa[...]
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    Karin Miller - Order in Chaos

    We gave these beautiful images a series title, but here is a word from the mixed media South African artist herself: Artist Statement My work is a visual play between beauty and tragedy, rhythm and interruption – searching for a sense of order in the overwhelming chaos of life. Two main metaph[...]
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    O'eclat Presents "Soigne" - Sophisticated Elegance

    O'eclat (O'ey-clah) gives the world color, structure, and a keen eye for detail in her new line "Soigne" meaning Sophisticated Elegance. Nigerian designer Gbemmy Johnson's  label came out of passion and an ongoing love affair with African rich prints and leather – its smell, malleability, durability[...]
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    Ballet with a South African twist: Dada Masilo

    Creating waves in the genre of ballet and contemporary dance, South Africa's Dada Masilo upturns ideas of African masculinity, sexuality, and traditional ballet form with her revolutionary dance pieces. Most known for her take on perhaps the most renowned ballet productions "Swan Lake", Masil[...]
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    Pretty For A Dark Skinned Girl

    This spoken word piece is the first for a series of original productions created exclusively for 50 Shades of Black, a project Africlectic has long admired and followed conceived by Carlton Mackey celebrating beauty, critically examining issues surrounding race/skin tone, and fostering a healthy for[...]
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    The Cannibal Warlords of Liberia

    In 2009, VICE traveled to Liberia to rummage through the messy remains of a country ravaged by 14 years of civil war. Despite the United Nation's eventual intervention, most of Liberia's young people continue to live in abject poverty, surrounded by filth, drug addiction, and teenage prostitution. T[...]
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    Fally Ipupa's Musical Plea - "Stop A La Guerra"

    In light of the recent tragic and troubling events in Congo, legendary musician Fally Ipupa released an impassioned video to "Stop A La Guerra" translated into "Stop the War". This R&B song is as heartfelt as it is beautiful in its plea to stop the destruction of the beautiful country. Downlo[...]
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    Sarkodie + Davido - Gun Shot

    Ghana's superstar Sarkodie comes out with another smash single with Davido "Gun Shot" which was directed by acclaimed Nigerian director Sesan. Spend a night out in Soweto and see what happens with them.
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    Big FKN Gun - Pop Models

    South African electronica group BIG FKN GUN releases their much anticipated video for Pop Models. The wild synth, vibrant visuals filled with images of gorgeous models is the perfect accompaniment to the hints of kwaito style production and bass, overlaid with soft rapping vocals. Africlectists, is [...]
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    La Gallera Social Club - The Sound of Venezuela

    As the cold starts to hit us, we've been trying to reminisce on the beautiful sounds and mood of summer through the discovery of Venezualan group La Gallera Social Club. The group's Afro Latino flavor is infused with sounds straight from small towns and they say they do this deliberately to paint a [...]
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    May D - Gat Me High

    Nigerian singer May D unleashes his auto-tune charms on a beautiful female in his new video release of the single "Gat Me High". Enjoy!
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    Awa Ceesay for Novembre Winter 2012

    Senegalese/Gambian model Awa Ceesay in “Why Things Fall” for magazine Novembre Winter 2012, photographed by Jannis Tsipoulanis and styling by Grégory Ambroisine. Warning: Last image is NOT SAFE FOR WORK.
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    Angola's Dance Pioneers: OS Kuduristas

    Born of Angola’s burgeoning cultural revival in the Information Age, Kuduro is the cultural expression of a new international and post-war generation. It is a highly energized, innovative movement that incorporates dance, music, fashion, lifestyle, and attitude. Kuduro is filled with palpable op[...]
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    No Man's Job

    Photographer Anthony Kurtz takes these gritty and empowering pictures of workers at Femme Auto in Senegal.
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    The Stranded Nomads of Karamoja

    Photos taken in Uganda by Jonathan Hyams: The Northeastern plains of Uganda are home to the stranded nomads of Karamoja; semi-pastoralist herders, whose wealth, livelihoods and status are determined by the cattle they own. With a formidable reputation as fierce warriors, the Karamojong are caught[...]
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    Azonto London All Stars - The Mix

    A super fun video of the best of the best, experts in "Azonto" the Ghanaian dance that has taken Africa by storm. Videos of dancers from Barbados, Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, Enjoy and take inspiration from the different styles, but even better enjoy the hot mix by DJ Sawa. *MIX LIST* 1. DANCE TONI[...]
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    How Do Africans Kiss?

    Excerpts of interviews from the documentary project and video installation called Eaten by the Heart for the PROGRESS OF LOVE exhibition. A great exploration into not only how we kiss, but how we love as well. The responses were quite interesting and we would  like to know what you think. Is kissing[...]
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    Africlectic Recommends: Natural Hair Books for Children

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    Teacher Has Students Create 'Business Plan' for Slavery

    We all wish dry long lectures during our monotonous days at school could sometimes be broken up by a little whispered joke, or better yet a fun day-long exercise. Only weeks ago though, Queen Elizabeth’s Girls’ School in Barnet, UK took the idea of classroom fun and turned it into a disgusting trivi[...]
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    Alessandro Vannucci - Memoirs of Niger

    According to photographer Alessandro Vannuci during his recent trip to Niger: Niger is an extremely poor Country, even if compared to the African standard. 80% is covered by sand, the Sahara desert. Much of the non-desert areas are threatened by period drought and desertification. The economy is [...]
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    Gema Siveroni - 80s Africa

    Madrid's Gema Siveroni's 80s Africa - taking elements of East African tribal wear and mixing them in with the bright loud colors and patterns of the Western 80s...with a little bit of a punk rock edge. What do you think?
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    Birsel and Seck's Modern Senegal

    Birsel + Seck uses design and innovation to highlight the innovation and creativity of Senegalese home decor.  One half of the design team, Bibi hails from Dakar Senegal and this has certainly been infused in some of their collections. Their lines, which are produced in collaboration for larger dist[...]
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    The Lady In the Water, An Exploration of 'Mami Wata'

    Tolu Itegboje and Bolaji Kekere-Ekun of Nigerian media production company 37th State bring to life and depth one of the most famous West African myths of "Mami Wata". Mami Wata translates to "Mother Water" from Pidgin English and is celebrated throughout much of Africa and the African Atlantic [...]
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    Tunde Olaniran - The Second Transgression

    Tunde Olaniran has just released a visual escapade "The Second Transgression" as the video soundtrack/sample for his upcoming EP of the same name. “We wanted to find a way to show the inherent conflict and potential for fear and violence that exists during any deep changes, whether personal o[...]
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    Namibia's Grand Africa Villa

    The Grand Africa village is a testament to the beautiful vision of AfriCat Foundation, a Namibian organization created for protection and long-term conservation of all large carnivores in Namibia and has since become renowned for much-needed; “Environmental Education, Carnivore Research, Rescue, R[...]
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    Afro Couture: Ashanti Brazil, Fusing Diaspora Culture Instyle

    For the bold beautiful woman who is not afraid of her wild side, emerging fashion brand Ashanti Brazi's gorgeous patterns and daring cuts are a must have in your closet! Designer Annabel Kwateng hails from Ghana and after living in Brazil has created a line of clothing that fuses the influences of t[...]
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    Cooking with a Supermodel: Well Dunn with Jordan Dunn

    We at Africlectic LOVE learning new recipes and what sounds better than Caribbean jerk prepared for by charming supermodel Jordan Dunn? In the premiere episode of Well Dunn for Jay-Z's culture website "Life and Times" fashion maven Jourdan Dunn heats up the kitchen with Jamaican styled jerk pork,[...]
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    Diaspora Cinema: Django Unchained

    Django Unchained Director: Quentin Tarantino Starring: Jamie Foxx, Christoph Waltz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Kerry Washington Release Date: 25 December 2012 (USA and Canada) Plot: Django is a slave living in the Deep South after having been separated from his wife Broomhilda. When Django is held fo[...]
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    Yasiin Bey for Adrien Sauvage F/W 2012

    Photographer/Fashion designer Adrien Sauvage had Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def) to model for his Adrien Sauvage Fall/Winter 2012 Collection. Adrien and Yassin both documented their journey from New Orleans all the way to Houston, Texas, and during the journey they faced Hurricane Issac! Bu[...]
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    Asa - The Way I Feel

    Asa's new music video is stylistically a turn from her previous videos but has a beautiful vintage aesthetic - static and isolated set in a stark hospital. We're all about pushing your artistic boundaries and vision and Africlectic definitely enjoyed this song.
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    African Gangam Style

    The most viewed video on Youtube of all time by Psy "Gangam Style" has given some fresh new choreography and color to the scene with the music video "African Gangam Style." This is a guaranteed to make your day!
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    Zwelethu Mthethwa - Portraits of the Laborer

    Zwelethu Mthethwa, born in 1960, famously makes medium-to-large-scale portraits of migrant workers and their living quarters on the borders of Cape Town and Johannesburg. However this is a sample of his breadth of work; capturing the interior walls of the workers in South Africa, the devastation of [...]
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    Nick DeWolf - 1970s Trinidad

    A small selection of photographer Nick DeWolf's extensive time in Trinidad in the 1970s - capturing the rhythm and beauty of the carnival and a local dance studio.
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    Chanel Iman for Deluxe Magazine

    International supermodel Chanel Iman shows us that this winter its all about furs - and little else. Luxurious wraps and lingerie frame the shoot by David Romer for Evening Standard's Deluxe Magazine.
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    Richard Mosse - Infra

    Irish photographer Richard Mosse's series, Infra.   Mosse used Kodak Aerochrome - an infra-red film designed in the 1940s to assist the U.S. military in detecting camouflage - to photograph the people and landscape of the Eastern Congo. The film reveals a spectrum of light beyond what the[...]
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    Nollywood and Hollywood Join Forces: Dr. Bello

    We have long been awaiting the new movie "Dr. Bello", starring Hollywood stars Isaiah Washington, Vivica A. Fox and Jimmy Jean-Louis with Nollywood legends Genevieve Nnaji and Stephanie Oreke. The film illustrates a doctor's battle (Washington) to deal with the loss of his young daughter from ca[...]
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    ASAD - A Short Film

    Written and directed by Bryan Buckley, Asad takes place in a war-torn fishing village in Somalia, where a boy must decide between resigning to a life of piracy or choosing the path of an honest fishing man. “Somalia is a bizarre world where in their communities piracy can be accepted as just [...]
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    The Relaxed Life: Best Sites for RELAXED Hair

    As much as we at Africlectic love naptural hair in all its lengths, curls, kinks and locs - we can also appreciate the time and dedication it takes to care for relaxed and pressed hair and beauty of ANY woman who loves herself and whatever look she is rocking. In light of that, we've compiled a l[...]
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    Nina Simone On Being Black

    Nina Interview-College Students from Gregory Epler on Vimeo. Nina Simone on the importance of being black.
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    Nneka - Valley

    New song by Nigerian Afro-soul artist Nneka is beautiful and haunting in black and white...love it or hate it?
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    Africa for Norway: Donate a Radiator for a Norwegian Child

    In what is possibly the best video of the year, new charity organization "Radi-Aid" has released a video to make a plea for the Norwegian child: as Africans sit and enjoy our mild winters, the people of Norway are freezing and need our help. It is our responsibility, as warm temperature citizens[...]
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    Curvy Chic! African Plus Size Designers

    Even though African fashion has moved out from the seamstress room and into the commercial style industry, there is still a large problem that faces the average woman who wants to look amazing in the latest cuts and styles of her homeland: the average clothing size available for us is between a size[...]
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    White, White and Whiter: The Peoples Choice Awards Nominees

    The 2013 People's Choice Awards Poll is a beautiful demonstration of the lack of representation of people of color within Hollywood and in the media in general. And by beautiful of course, I refer to our favorite color white - which seems to be the standard bearer for talent and recognition within t[...]
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    Sarkodie - Illuminati

    Sarkodie's new single "Illuminati" just dropped and it already has our mouths open. THe ease and speed Sarkodie raps in his indigenous language Twi is completely masterful and the heavy yet simple beats in the background showcase just that. Take a listen and download!
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    Wear Your Racial Guilt: Apartheid T-shirt Controversy

    In a country where black workers earn six times less than their white counterparts (today!), it might seem pretty obvious that the advantages of skin color still subtly live on in South Africa. However when Roger Young decided to literally spell it out for his fellow white citizens with a T-shirt, a[...]
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    Elmo's Secret World - Masculinity and the Down Low Culture

    We've all heard of the story by now: Kevin Clash, the puppeteer behind million dollar Sesame Street character "Elmo" was accused of having underage sex with a boy, who later took back his statement for a settlement, then quickly rejected the money as a second accuser came forward. Clash ultimately r[...]
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    The Objectification of Blackness in Fashion

    Ladies and gentlemen, buckle your seatbelts because the fashion industry is clearly being driven off a cliff in its mad search for “inspiration” – and they don’t care if they run right over Africa. Dolce & Gabbanna, a premiere global label known for their edgy and youthful fashion debuted[...]
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    Ugo Mozie Styles Chris Brown for Prestige Magazine

    Nigerian stylist Ugo Mozie, who Africlectic interviewed here  is once again propelling style further with his latest gig - styling one of the biggest hip hop icons in the world for the November issue of Prestige Magazine.
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    P-Square - Alingo

    Can't get enough of this hot new P-square single that is sure to have everyone getting their "Alingo" on. This is the first time we've seen P-Square (or at least Peter) really dancing in a long time and it makes me think of how far they've come since "Bizzy Body".
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    Ajak Deng in Chanel for Marie Claire South Africa

    Sudanese model Ajak Deng  stars as the main model in Chanel clothing for the December issue of Marie Claire South Africa. The shoot was photographed by Marguerite Oelofse and Ajak is styled by fashion director Sharon Becker wearing Chanel's cruise collection. Ajak also wears flawless makeup (Chanel [...]
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    African Love: The Best African Wedding Dances

    Nothing is more beautiful than love, except the celebration of love through dance. And we Africans definitely know how to thrown down and deliver the best wedding entrances. Through hundreds of videos on YouTube (that we were more than happy to look through!), we have selected for your viewing pleas[...]
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    Otelo Burning NYC Premiere & Giveaway!

    "….the lovely South African film "Otelo Burning" is a coming-of-age story with the grand sweep of history as its background" - The New York Times The award winning South African movie Otelo Burning is finally coming to the United States on November 30th 2012 in New York City, premiering as the fi[...]
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    Wizkid Rocks Out BBC Radio1extra Live Concert

      Carrying out the year on a fantastic note, Nigerian artist Wizkid graced the stage and rocked out the house of the BBC Radio1extra Live concert with Kendrick Lamar, Trey Songz, Angel and Tulisa. This young rapper has been travelling the world and setting it on fire with his catchy danc[...]
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    State of the Nation - Kudzanai Chiurai

    Released: In award-winning artist Kudzanai Chiurai’s State of the Nation, the notion of ‘state’ is explored as a utopia, a state of mind as well as a status. His new exhibition features photographic prints, large oil paintings, video installation and performance with a focus on youth culture. State[...]
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    Mercedes Benz Fashion Week Johannesburg

    Photography by JP Hanekom Styling by Kyle Boshoff and Jessica Lupton Makeup by Kamo Mafokwane Styling assistant Sahil Harilal Starring Sarah and April at Boss
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    Playgirls - A Fashion Friend

    Playgirls is a new photo series shot for issue #22 of A Fashion Friend. It was shot in and around Sophiatown and Westdene in Johannesburg, and follows Neo and Cleo from boss models in sporty looks inspired by M.I.A  and Die Antwoord's Yolandi Visser. - Jessica Lupton
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    The 33rd Ray

    A gorgeous editorial with a beautiful message: "This fashion story plays on the bloody past of South Africa and highlights the new society that came into being after the country became a democracy in 1994. The title, The 33rd Ray, refers to the architectural feature of the Voortrekker monument wh[...]
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    In the Libyan Desert

    Photographer Bashar Shglila captures life in the Libyan Desert. In the midst of all of the turmoil over there right now, it is beautiful to see the powerful images of Libya and Saharan Life.
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    Death Metal Angola

    Death Metal Angola is an upcoming documentary directed by Jeremy Xido. The film takes a look at the development of a rock subculture in Angola. War ravaged and potentially the richest country in Africa, Angola is the epicenter of the African hardcore music scene. Sonia Ferreira and Wilker Flores li[...]
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    Kinshasa Symphony

    Kinshasa the capital of Democratic Republic of Congo is no ordinary city and at first seems an unlikely place to have an orchestra of two hundred musicians playing to Beethoven Ninth –Freude schöner Götterfunken. “Orchestre Symphonique Kimbanguiste” is the only symphony orchestra in the Congo has be[...]
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    M.E.S.A - Infinito

    Renowned Street artist M-E-S-A latest project can be seen in the deserts of Western Sahara. During his travels to a regugee camp with Saharawi families, he was inspired by the Saharawi peopple who have been living in exile for over 30 years. “The Sahara, under hard conditions of life, living in t[...]
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    Ade Adekola - Icons of the Metropolis

    Nigerian photographer and conceptual artist Ade Adekola has created an intriguing visual symbolization of the bustling city of Lagos through 20 icons of the city characters. As he says: “Icons of a Metropolis” offers a non-judgmental look at 20 character archetypes – they are the ICONS. They are [...]
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    Njideka Aukunyili - Portraits of a Marriage

    Nigerian mixed media artist Njideka Aukunyili creates beautiful portraits of her daily life, incorporating her heritage and culture into a perspective that examines her life with her American husband. “My art addresses my internal tension between my deep love for Nigeria, my country of birth, and m[...]
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    Sembene!

    Sembene! is an animated documentary about the life of Senegalese filmmaker and author Ousmane Sembène, directed by Jason Silverman. For those unfamiliar, Ousmane Sembéne is hailed as the "Father of African Film", revolutionizing the way the African way of life, varied cultures and unique storylines [...]
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    Kakenya

    An animation for Vital Voices, an organisation working globally for women’s independence. This film tells the childhood story of Kakenya Ntaiya, a Masai woman who negotiated herself out of an arranged marriage and convinced her village to collect money for her to study in the USA. She has since retu[...]
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    Madagascar Carnet de Voyage

    This film by director Bastien Dubois was nominated for Best Animated Short Film at the 2011 Academy Awards - it portrays life in Madagascar through a variety of mixed media elements that makes the stylistic elements of the film intriguing and delightful.  
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    Yellow Fever

    Ng’endo Mukii tackles a relevant and sensitive topic of skin bleaching. This film searches a modern take of Ng’endo’s documentation of the topic with observations from her niece, her own perceptions and experiences and some history  that uncovers the depth of this parallel thought. These honest c[...]
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    Feel No Pain - Camp Mulla

    The track features Miss Karun, Shappa Man, K'Cous & Thee MC. Executive Producer: Suzanne Gachukia Track Produced by : K'Cous Video Directed & Produced by : Private19 DP: Dir. Kevin Bosco Jnr
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    Chris Rock & White Supremacy

    A great short video featuring superstar comedian Chris Rock and thoughts on his rise to fame, black people in the entertainment industry and most interesting, his description of the injustices facing black people today within a culture of white supremacy.
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    Ohema Ohene Spring Summer 2013 Menswear

    Ghanian designers Ohema Ohene just debuted its Spring/Summer 2013 Menswear collection featuring beautiful prints and cuts that take suits and shirts to a whole new level.
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    Bachelor - D'Banj

    The biggest African hip hop star is back at it again, D'Banj releases his new music video "Bachelor" full of all the luxury and clubs we come to expect from him. The new edition to Kanye West's label proudly shows off the G.O.O.D. Music emblem - a symbol of his rising mission to take over Western ai[...]
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    Hot Topic: Is the Modern Woman Trapped?

    Today, more women especially in the black community far outnumber black men in higher education and has resulted in higher incomes for women, more independence and a shift in family, relationships and reproductive dynamics. More women more than ever are postponing motherhood or finding their choices[...]
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    The Real Problem of the First World

    We all know how annoying it is when your phone charger won't reach your bedside post - But when a small impoverished child repeats your words with a backdrop of a run down tin roof and a muddy road suddenly the troubles of life in the Western world take on a slight air of silliness. At l[...]
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    Spotlight: Diamano Coura Dance Company

    The gift of dance reminds us to celebrate, to tell stories, and create art through our body - when we can do this with the meaning of our traditions infused into every beat and movement, it is all the more special. The Diamano Coura West African Dance Company based in Oakland California strives [...]
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    Studs - Nick Knight for V Magazine

    In the new ‘Girl Power’ issue of V Magazine, Nick Knight photographs women – athletes, artists and lovers dressed in menswear, styled by Simon Foxton, ‘blurring the gender boundaries’ in a poignant androgynous photo collection.
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    Opinion: The Problem with African Halloween Masks

    Designer Thomas Schoos was recently featured on Yahoo giving tips on creating a more authentic Halloween experience by Incorporating Authentic Artifacts into Costumes and Halloween Décor. “These dramatic masks can be beautiful or scary, and they bring in a whole new exotic element to a Hallowee[...]
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    Flavors of Jamaica: Ackee & Saltfish

    Known as one of Jamaica's national dishes, Ackee and saltfish is a delicious main course or side dish made out of the popular "ackee" fruit and salt or cod fish. The ackee fruit is native to West Africa that is said to be similar in flavor to eggs with a very creamy texture that is mild to taste. It[...]
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    Wyclef Jean: Accountability in Philanthropy

     On October 11th 2012 Haitian American rapper Wyclef Jean's world shook with a faint rumble: The New York Time unleashed a stark review of the hip hop star's funds in charity in Haiti and it was a math equation that was found lacking. Wyclef Jean in his memoir claims he was persecuted like Jesu[...]
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    Bangili Jangili: Accesories Junkie

    Wherever we go in the world it is clear that the Diaspora continually strive to bring the traditional beauty and modern cuts of African fashion to the entire world. Even way down under, Kenyan partners Bangili Jangili (Swahili for Accessories Junkie). Recently unleashing a new collection this Sept[...]
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    How To Conduct Your Own Breast Self-Exam

    As we have learnt throughout this month of October dedicated to breast cancer, early detection saves lives. By conducting a monthly breast examination, you can become immediately aware of any abnormalities and seek out your health care provider for further investigation. However these examinations d[...]
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    Paula & Symara Templeman for Factice Magazine #15

    Caribbean models Paula & Symara Templeman are featured in “Awaiting” wearing pieces from Eki Orleans, Jewel by Lisa, Tina Lobondi and more. Photography & creative direction by Agata Preyss, Fashion Stylist: Ihunna Eberendu, Make up Artist: Joy Adenuga, Hair Stylist: Dionne Smith for Factice [...]
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    Adonis O'Holi from Sierra Leone wins Mister Africa International 2012

    Adonis O'Holi of Sierra Leone managed to rise as the cream of the crop when he beat 16 incredibly smart, talented (and good looking) men to win the first annual Mister Africa International pageant in the finale. Taking place in London, the carefully selected sixteen contestants chosen from a pool [...]
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    Through the Eyes of A Cat: Marcio Kogan

    Brazilian architecht Marcio Kogan of Studio MK27 introduces his latest São Paulo project in a way that makes us practically purr for more: through the eyes of a cat. Kogan utilized his past career success as a movie director used his client's cat to promote the "Toblerone House" which he complet[...]
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    Cancer Preventative: Palm Oil?

    Palm oil, while a staple in African and Southeast Asian cooking - is generally known to probably not be the BEST ingredient you could put in your body. The thick red liquid that often has to be warmed to melt from its room-temperature solidified state is a cheap cooking oil that adds a rich col[...]
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    Racial Tensions Illuminated in South African Idol Victory

    It's a life accomplishment many would be proud of - singer Khaya Mthethwa became South Africa's eight season winner of the country's version of American Idol. What makes it historic? Mthethwa (25) is South Africa's first black contestant to win in the show's eight season run, in a country where the [...]
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    Obama's Africa: Unrequited Love

    When Barack Obama became President of the United States of America in 2008, the entire world rejoiced with  a packed world tour for Obama that made his foreign tour seem more like a rock concert than a Presidential address. However no continent has held on and loved more fiercely the President o[...]
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    Love, African Style: Akin and Abi

    We absolutely adored this glamorous and colorful wedding West African couple Akin and Abi, captured with stunning shots from Izehi Photography. Izehi describes the glowing couple's love story: While a group of students were sitting in the school cafeteria for lunch on campus at Abilene Christia[...]
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    Colorfully Curly: Lighten Your Hair Naturally

    The average black woman’s hair – although glorious in its beautiful spirals, kinks, curls, waves, textures, thickness and density – is usually known to only come in one color only: Black. While our hair is fun to play around with in different styles and lengths, in order to truly shake it up, many[...]
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    Ugo Mozie Interview: Age-Defying Ambition

    Standing as a symbol for a new generation of African intellect, Nigerian designer and stylist Ugo Mozie represents a movement of the Diaspora sweeping the world:  Stylish, driven, transcontinental & multitalented. Ugo Mozie's (Moe-zee-ay) career has spanned the globe, from the runway to t[...]
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    AfriGlam: Solange Knowles

       
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    Aphropolitan - Fashionably Conscious

    Welcome to the new evolution of African fashion – as we moved from the seamstress’ place of business to creating mass-produced lines of clothing that are less time consuming to create and convenient for those far from home to buy, we often have forgotten to consider how this impacts the artisans bac[...]
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    Runway Rundown: Vettorello Spring/Summer 2013

    French-Ivorian designer Pierre Antoine-Vettorello once again blew away the runway as he fused together ethnic mythology and a restrained color palette, utilizing natural materials to create intricate headbands and hats. The Spring/Summer 2013 collection uses inspirations from Bassari headpieces of S[...]
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    Africa's Richest Women

    The saying goes "behind every great man, is a great woman" - but now we are seeing African women step out of the shadows and show the world that their strength, intelligence, and power belongs just as much in the business world as it does within the home. There is no denying the long tradition of fi[...]
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    Beware the Senior Bachelor

    Marriage. One of the biggest industries in the world, celebrated in a variety of cultures, faiths, promises, and rituals to symbolize your eternal (or momentary) commitment to the person who stands next to you at the time. Once upon a time, women were chained to this institution, her very status, se[...]
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    The Chosen Ones: Celebrity Adoption of Black Babies

    It is a discussion you have inevitably had with your friends, or thought – either in anger or simple curiosity – to yourself as you passed the magazine stand on the way to the checkout. There on the glossy covers in varying oversized sunglasses and shielding bundles large blankets are Charlize Ther[...]
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    Graphic Africa: Loyiso Mkize

    25 year old Loyiso Mkize may at first glance appear as any young South African man would if you chanced to see him on the train. However as he casually speaks to the other strangers who are on board, what you may not notice are the eyes of an artist: studying, absorbing everything from the clothe[...]
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    Yinka Shonibare: Artist Visionnaire

    Yinka Shonibare MBE is one of the most influential African artists of our time, whose work plays with the ambiguities and contradictions of the legacy of Western colonization in Africa. His multimedia projects reveal a passion of art history, literature and a desire to create a public discussion[...]