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    UPCOMING NEW NOVEL: Mr. and Mrs. Doctor, A novel by Julie Iromuanya

    Apr 3, 2015 • Articles, Books, Nigeria • Views

    Chicago-based writer and scholar Julie Iromuanya, will be releasing her first novel ‘Mr. and Mrs. Doctor’ next month. Iromuanya has written short stories for notable publications including  The Kenyon ReviewPassages North and the Cream City Review. Her most eminent work was her feature in the 2013 anthology, ‘Converging Identities: Blackness in the Modern Diaspora‘.

    View the synopsis for Mr. and Mrs. Doctor below:

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    Ifi and Job, a Nigerian couple in an arranged marriage, begin their lives together in Nebraska with a single, outrageous lie: that Job is a doctor, not a college dropout. Unwittingly, Ifi becomes his co-conspirator—that is until his first wife, Cheryl, whom he married for a green card years ago, reenters the picture and upsets Job’s tenuous balancing act.

    Mr. and Mrs. Doctor is due for release on May 12 and is currently available for pre-order via Amazon. Click here to learn more.

    Website: http://julieiromuanya.com

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    Dressing for Herself, No Man’s Approval Needed: Ellen Elias (StyleLikeU)

    Mar 30, 2015 • Articles, Eritrea, Video • Views

    Swedish stylist Ellen Elias is featured in the latest installment of StyleLikeU.com‘s ‘Whats Underneath’ web series.
    In the video, she talks about her unique style of dressing and self confidence.

    See the video and description below:


    Ellen Elias, the East African (by way of Sweden) heroine of our new What’s Underneath, won’t submit to dressing for a man.“When I meet a man who accepts my style, that’s the one I’ll actually want to be with,” Ellen told us. Her irrepressible confidence stems from her mom (who told to her ignore the beauty norms she saw on television), as well as the women of Eritrea (the East African country where she’s from) who fought right with the men in their battle for independence against Ethiopia. In the same way that she won’t force herself into the perennial little black dress just to get a dime-a-dozen boyfriend, Ellen also won’t conform to stereotypes of how black women “should be.” Way out of the ordinary, no one can peg Ellen to anything based on her looks, including her actual country of origin. She is a woman of the world who is simultaneously at one with who she is, and her story is in our new What’s Underneath episode above!
    To learn more, visit StyleLikeU.com

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    About ‘What’s Underneath’
    StyleLikeU.com asked a select group of individuals to participate in a project in which they will remove their clothes to honor how style is not the clothes you wear. To learn more, visit Read more at Stylelikeu.com

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    Questions With Mauritian Contemporary Artist Sandhia Devi Somiah

    Mar 30, 2015 • Art, Articles, Interviews, Mauritius • Views

    Sandhia Devi Somiah is a contemporary artist from Mauritius. Most of her work, uses the female body as a central focal point to address issues of gender and inequality.

    In this interview we speak to Sandhia about the inspiration behind her ‘Femininity’ collection and the challenges that come with being a female contemporary artist in Mauritius.

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    What inspires your work?
    I am inspired by female models. Because of domestic violence against women, I dedicated my paintings to them to show the world that women need to be treated with respect. By putting their beauty and curves in the frontline, this would certainly give people a different view and opinion on them.

     

    When did you decide that you wanted to pursue a career in art?
    Since childhood, I had a passion for art but my artistic journey started during my High School days whereby I discovered my talent for creation.

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    Tell us about your artistic aesthetic?
    Art is something that stimulates an individual’s thoughts, emotions, beliefs and ideas. I realised that artworks could also be made from anything from our surrounding including scrap and recycled material after adding some personal touch. Lastly, I have been doing some sculptures and installation artworks and in this respect I made a dress from corks with assemblage technique and I did paper origami too.

     

    Can you describe the process and inspiration behind your ‘Femininity’ collection?
    I wanted the public to discover and appreciate a wonderful pairing of flowers and women, put up together just enough to stimulate their emotions and to show the public the real value of women and how to treat them. The pairing of women with flowers illustrates the ideas of fragility.

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    You are based in Riviere du Rempart in Mauritius. Can you tell us a bit about your home town and would you say that your neighborhood/country has any effect on your style of work?
    Mauritius is a tropical island, surrounded by beautiful beaches where there is a great diversity of different religion and cultures. My paintings are full of colors which reflect the quadricolor of the Mauritian flag- Red, Blue, Yellow and Green. As for my hometown, Riviere du Rempart is a village situated in the north of the island, not far from the seaside and surrounded by sugar cane and vegetable plantations. Consequently, all these colors around me have had an influence on my style of painting.

     

    Have you faced any challenges with being a female contemporary artist?
    In Mauritius, Visual art is not really appreciated by the public and it is not considered to be a field to earn money. This is because Mauritian cannot value art whether painting, drawing or sculpture. As a new and young female visual artist, it is very hard to emerge and make people appreciate my talent. In the beginning, I faced many challenges and critics from family, friends and surrounding about my choice of art as a career and earning a living out of it. Nevertheless, my passion and determination has been my driving force to continue and make me reach where I stand today.

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    Tell us how others describe your work versus how you see it? Do people understand it or do you constantly have to explain it?
    Till now my paintings have been quite explicit and it has not been so challenging to make people have an understanding of the message I tried to convey in my work. And also the title of my paintings speaks for themselves.

     

    Are there any artists that inspire you?
    Yes, I was inspired by international artists such as Martina Shapiro, Helenka Wierzbicki and Spacy Eva. However, I was also attracted by the works of Mauritian artists namely Vaco Baissac, Nathalie Perichon and Mila Gupta.

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    What are your other interests besides art?
    Being an artist, it is more than natural to be attracted by activities related to art. Therefore my other interests are music, dancing, stage performance and sport activities.

     

    Any advice for new artists interested in pursuing art as a career?
    We never stop learning and making new experiences. My message for new artists is to never stop dreaming, stay focus and live your passion.

     

    To learn more about Sandhia D. Somiah’s work, please visit: Facebook.com/pages/SandArt/1412969245659497

     

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    BRANDS TO WATCH: Ife’s Closet

    Mar 29, 2015 • Articles, Fashion, United Kingdom • Views

    The debut collection from UK-based label Ife’s Closet, is inspired by Nichelle Gainier’s 2014 book ‘Vintage Black Glamour‘.
    The label which launched earlier this year is inspired by the label’s founder Onyiye Chukwu who states in a recent blog post,
    ‘My muse for this collection is the woman on the go. Being a recent mum, I need clothes that are unique and easy to wear and that is what this collection represents. A classic bit of quirk.’

    The collection is a juxtaposition of ‘classic silhouettes, laid-back style, West African prints and a sprinkling of vintage glamour’. All production is done between the UK and Nigeria. Check out some of our favorite pieces below:

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    To learn more, visit: Ifescloset.com
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    Hair/Make-Up: Emily Porter Make Up
    Photography: Xanthe Hutchinson Photography
    Model: Mical @  Next Models

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    NEW VIDEO: ‘Nobody But Me’ by Vanessa Mdee ft. K.O #Tanzania

    Mar 27, 2015 • Music, Tanzania • Views

    ‘Nobody But Me’ is the new single from Tanzanian recording artist and songwriter Vanessa Mdee (Vee Money). The song, which is in part Swahili, is her 5th release, was shot in Johannesburg by Justin Campos. The track also features South African rapper K.O.
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    Growing up, Mdee has lived in New York, Paris, Nairobi and Arusha. She was recently signed to act as brand ambassador for Samsung Tanzania. She also made history in 2007 as MTV’s first Tanzania VJ.

    Click here to learn more.

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    Cool Creatives: Angolan Visual Artist Wandy Rafaela

    Mar 27, 2015 • Angola, Art, Articles • Views

    Wandy Rafaela is a US based Conceptual artist whose work arises from the exploration of her culture and self identity. Andy spend most of her formative years in Angola and Namibia.

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    In a recent interview with Isabelle Edwards of Signed-Isabelle.com, Wanda states that she is hoping ‘to explore Angolan Folklore. We have so much of it that has been expressed but I don’t see enough Angolan conceptual photographers tackling it. It’d be fun and interesting to see where I could end up with this.’

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    We can’t wait to see what the future will hold for this upcoming photographer. To learn more, visit Wanda Rafaela’s Facebook page.

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    Ghanaian Presenter, Yaa Nyamekye Inspires Change in Africa with ‘A New Africa”

    Mar 27, 2015 • Articles • Views

    yaa 2Three years ago, Yaa Nyamekye, Canada based Ghanaian, set out on a journey to become a presenter and TV host.

    She’s achieved her aim since then interviewing the likes of Sandra Appiah and Isaac Babu- Boateng (Co – founders of face2faceafrica.com), Ghanaian Radio/TV/Event Host Kofi Okyere Darko (KOD) , Nacy , leader of No Tribe , a Ghanaian Gospel Group , actors Nana Ama McBrown and Kojo Nkansah (Lil Win) , and saxophonist Steve Bedi , amongst other influential celebrities/public figures.

    Nyamekye is working on a new project; she calls ‘A New Africa’.

    “‘A New Africa’ is a show that is dedicated to inspiring young professionals to create and motivate change on the continent of Africa by discussing relevant and current issues pertaining to the continent. The show also aims to uncover the truth and educate.”

    The idea was proposed to her by her brother, Nana Bediako and friend, Yaw Tony. Initially, she thought of ‘Let’s Talk Africa’ as the name of the show, only to realize upon research that it’s been taken. She settled on ‘A New Africa’ with a panel of young professionals.

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    She knows there are other shows with the same theme but says her show is different, “There are many shows out there that discuss current events on the continent, but how many shows have a cast of young professionals, each individual with different perspectives expressing their views, and uncovering ways through which we can make a real difference in our homeland.”

    “By bringing young people together to discuss what’s going on in the continent, the aim is to motivate change, and put Africa in a new light. For centuries the continent has been seen as a “country” filled with poor savages. The concept of the continent has been misconstrued; I am hoping that through this show, a new and better understanding of the continent can be created.” She adds.

    The show will premiere on her Youtube account in the coming months and hoping that it gets shown on major media platforms.

    Born in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada to Ghanaian parents, Yaa holds a degree in Business Marketing from Algonquin College, Canada.

    Her mantra in life? “Passions and dreams should not be pushed away and looked at as hobbies or goals that may never be accomplished. Instead, each day should be used to working towards making those dreams a reality because those dreams can and will be accomplished. “

    She is aiming for excellence just like her mentors: her mother, Gifty Gyamfi , CEO of GUBA (Ghana UK Based Achievement) Awards , Dentaa Amoateng , Prophet (Dr.)
    Cindy Trimm , Sandra Appiah , co-founder , face2faceafrica.com and Media mogul , Oprah Winfrey.

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    ‘Juju Girl’, Short Film From Blitz the Ambassador Coming this April

    Mar 27, 2015 • Ghana • Views

    Blitz the Ambassador is known for bridging the gap between African popular sounds and American Soul. Recently he unveiled the release of his forthcoming EP Diasporadical and the debut of his new short film Juju Girl, both of which are due to drop in April.  The film is set in 1960’s Ghana, the decade that saw Kwame Nkrumah appointed as the country’s first elected president. It was also a time when Dance highlife ruled the airwaves.

    This is not the first time that Blitz has work on a film project. In 2008, he worked on the soundtrack for award winning PBS short, The Bronx Princess.

    Juju Girl also stars model . Check out some of the imagery below:

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    Source: http://blitz.mvmt.com

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