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, color and texture. O’Eclat designs and creates beautiful and affordable handcrafted handbags/pu[...]
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. Download the song via Soundcloud.
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 optimism, opportunity, and excitement. Culturally savvy, cheeky, colorful, and bold, Kuduro is a uniqu[...]
Photographer Anthony Kurtz takes these gritty and empowering pictures of workers at Femme Auto in Senegal.
Shuga: Love, Sex, Money "It's the Story of bright lives, entwining and colliding. It's the story of morning afters and sweet departures-and the indelible marks we leave on each other. Shuga is a TV series that was first aired in November 2009 on MTV Base as part of an initiative duped MTV Staying Alive Ignite!. Set in Nairobi, Kenya, and back for a hotly anticipated second series, Sh[...]
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 trivialization of one of the most painful era's the world has known: slavery. In short, a lesson plan [...]
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 concentrated around subsistence and some export agriculture clustered in the more fertile south, and[...]
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 or societal,” the Nigerian- American artist explained. “I’ve always been interested in traditions of[...]
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, Release & Rehabilitation programmes, and Carnivore Welfare, Human Wild-life Conflict Mitigation a[...]
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 the Diaspora with the Brazil Carnival. Annabel sat down with Africlectic to give us more insight on t[...]
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, rice and beans, and Caribbean salsa while she dishes on shooting the Vogue Italia "All Black" issue[...]
We stumbled upon this awesome gem while web crawling for the latest cool things in Fashion from the diaspor and we have not been disappointed one bit with this find. Cut from cut from unique vintage and antique hand-woven Moroccan rugs and leathers, TEN & Co oxfords stand out like no other we have seen. These stunning footwares are created from rugs bought at auctions, souks, Marrakech flea[...]
What is better to do in the coming of the cold winter months than to snuggle up with a good book? We've picked some of our most enjoyed books that educated, inspired, and celebrate the beautiful African Diaspora. Spilt Milk by Kopano Matlwa A story of two passionate people who share a shameful past and a tenuous present. The remarkable narrative follows headmistress Mohumagadi—of the eli[...]
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 cancer and the ensuing problems with his wife (Fox). He meets Dr. Bello (Jean-Louis) who is an uncerti[...]
In October 2009, Bali, one of the 17,000 islands in the Indonesian archipelago, birthed a social anomaly. Two women of African descent, Djamila-Anael Kaldoch and Jazi Gerzi, had grown tired of hearing hard electronic music at every party they attended. Bali’s nightlife had been drowning in danceable dissonance, in the island’s western stylized bars and clubs, which are a stark contrast to the arch[...]
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 television and film. After a while scrolling through the nominations my eyes began to glaz[...]
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The Nigerian film industry is the third largest film industry in the world, releasing between 500 and 1000 movies every year. Nollywood productions take just 10 days to make, yet they are wildly popular in the lucrative African VCD market - an average film sells 50,000 copies. Nollywood movies now outsell Hollywood films in Nigeria and many other African countries. While Nollywood is far popula[...]
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 pleasure our top four. Which one is your favorite? Malawian Wedding 20th Wedding Anniversary Mr Austin [...]
The First Grader is a 2010 biographical drama film directed by Justin Chadwick, starring Naomie Harris, Oliver Litondo, and Tony Kgoroge, and based on the true story of Kimani Maruge, a Kenyan man and ex Mau Mau soldier who enrolled in elementary education at the age of 84 after the Kenyan government announced universal and free elementary education in 2003.
With spectacular natural attractions such as the Namib desert, the Fish River Canyon Park, Kalahari Desert and the Etosha National Park, Namibia has both breathtaking scenery with the comforts of the modern city. The country is situated right next to the ever-popular tourist destination of South Africa, but its unique treasures (literally - Namibia produces some of the world's highest quality diam[...]
Middle of Nowhere, Ava DuVernay‘s second feature which won her the Directing Award for U.S. Dramatic Film at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and which just received nominations for Best Feature and Breakthrough Actor from the Gotham Awards, is a pretty unforgettable film. It’s also the kind of film that probably won’t be seen by all that many people but that really, really should. I know so ma[...]
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.
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 conversations and earnest thoughtfulness and writing makes this film such great insight into this iss[...]
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 are quite limited when it comes to child rearing. Author Joan K. Peters in a New York Time article [...]