African Rhythms – Randy Weston

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African Rhythms

Randy Weston

Genre: Jazz

Price: $ 10.99

Release Date: December 31, 1968

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The African Queen – John Huston

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The African Queen

John Huston

Genre: Drama

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Release Date: March 23, 2010


At the start of World War 1, German imperial troops burn down Reverend Samuel Sayer’s mission in Africa. He is overtaken with disappointment and passes away. Shortly after his well-educated, snooty sister Rose Sayer (Hepburn) buries her brother, she must leave on the only available transport, a tired river steamboat 'The African Queen' manned by the ill-mannered bachelor, Charlie Allnut (Bogart). Together they embark on a long difficult journey, without any comfort. Rose grows determined to assist in the British war effort and presses Charlie until he finally agrees and together they steam up the Ulana encountering an enemy fort, raging rapids, bloodthirsty parasites and endlessly branching stream which always seem to lead them to what appear to be impenetrable swamps. Despite opposing personalities, the two grow closer to each other and ultimately carry out their plan to take out a German warship.

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Karma Kills: South African Lions Eat Rhino Poachers

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A set of hunters got a taste of their own medicine on a recent trip to the motherland. They were eaten when trying to capture rare animals.

Three suspected poachers were killed by lions during an illegal hunting trip in South Africa. Apparently, the felonious hunters were on a search for white rhinos, which are on the endangered species list.

On Tuesday (july 3), park officials found the human remains at the Sibuya Game Reserve; the next morning police searched the area. According to The Daily News the lawmen found a head, limbs, other body parts along with three pairs of empty shoes by a lion camp. Additionally, some weapons were also discovered. Authorities can’t confirm the identities of three men but plan to test the firearms to see if they were indeed used for poaching.

Police spokeswoman Captain Mali Govender commented on the scene. “Due to poor light the scene could not be processed. On Wednesday morning‚ investigators and specialists combed the scene and managed to retrieve remains which were taken by the department of health to conduct forensic testing. A rifle and an axe were found at the scene” she revealed.

In the last year nine rhinos have been killed at the hands of these illegal trappers in the Eastern Cape reserve.

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The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6′ 4″, African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama’s Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian (Unabridged) – W. Kamau Bell

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Genre: Comedy

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Publish Date: May 2, 2017

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Why the Style of This Cult West African Movie Still Endures

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In this day and age, when a classic film pops up in your Instagram, Tumblr, or Pinterest feed with a certain frequency, you know it’s worth a look. As fickle and fast-paced as the Internet may be, those moments of nostalgia can still stop you in your tracks, which is how I came upon the timeless beauty of Ousmane Sembéne’s Black Girl. It seemed every follow of mine knew of the enduring style and stirring beauty of the 1966 classic, a movie that established the Senegalese filmmaker’s expansive career and defined the sophisticated aesthetic of post-colonial Africa. And upon first watch, I, too, understood why it still dazzles.

 



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The film centers on the struggles of Diouana, a young Senegalese beauty who travels one summer to Antibes in southern France to work as a housekeeper for a young French family. Picked up from her journey by her new bosses, Diouana has primly tied a silk handkerchief around her polished coiffure while a sophisticated tea dress cinches her waist; she’s hardly dressed for housework. With strands of pearls delicately clasped around her neck and sunburst earrings hanging from her ears, our heroine appears more ready for a cocktail party than the endless work that meets her at the small apartment she will maintain, much to her dismay. Cooking, cleaning, and getting paid for none of it, Diouana soon spirals, but she never looses her innate cool and poise. Even when confronted by her manipulative mistress as to why she’s been wearing the same ensemble of kitten heels and a polka-dot party frock for the last three weeks, Diouana never wavers. Style, for her, is a small rebellion in the face of her circumstances.

Truthfully, the costumes aren’t made up of much, but in many ways, this is their power. Investing in essentials and fine tailoring, Diouana creates a ladylike polish found as recently among Prada’s own demure designs this season. And with Sembéne!—a documentary chronicling the expansive career of the “father of African cinema”—having just been released last week, it’s safe to say Diouana’s look will soon be re-blogged again and again.



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In response to the increasing criminalization of homosexuality throughout Africa in recent years, an international team of researchers released a scientific report countering every government justification for enacting anti-gay laws.

A group of scientists shredded every argument used by African governments to justify the recent glut of anti-gay laws across the continent in a new, scathing report.

The report published Wednesday by the Academy of Science of South Africa excoriated leaders for unscientific claims that homosexuality is contagious, unnatural, learned or a medical condition.

“As variation in sexual identities and orientations has always been part of a normal society, there can be no justification for attempts to ‘eliminate’ LGBTI from society,” the report authored by 11 South Africans, one Ugandan and one American said. “Efforts should rather be focused on countering the belief systems that create hostile and even violent environments for those who are ‘othered’ within ‘heteronormative’ societies.”

Anti-gay laws are on the books in 38 of 53 African countries, the report said, including four of seven countries worldwide where same-sex activity is punishable by death.

Homophobic sentiments intensified in Africa in recent years, the journal Nature reported, with Uganda, Gambia and Nigeria introducing anti-gay legislation last year.

The reports findings are already accepted globally in the scientific community as fact. But the authors’ argued the reports must come from Africa to root out illegitimate ideas like sexual orientation being a choice or that homosexuality is a contagious disease while extolling public health benefits of tolerance.

“It had to be Africa-led,” Glenda Gray, co-chair of the report panel, told Nature. “If it were American-led, African governments would say that it was Western propaganda.”

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I have taken my time with this interview, because it is one I have been thrilled about, from the moment I was introduced to Uzuri closet. This fascinating start-up plans to offer designers, with a gift for transforming African Print Fabric into drool inducing fashion marvels.

Uzuri Closetdying from anticipation, so I can only imagine that you, my readers, and lovers of all things fabulous, must be convulsing from the excitement. Unfortunately, like the rest of us, you will have to wait to explore this shopping wonderland.

In the meantime, however, you can take a look at some of the pieces that will be available on their platform, and read my interview with the brilliant, kind, and patient, Mellanie Mfuh, Director of Operations for Uzuri’s Closet.

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The team spent at least an hour with me on the phone the first time I reached out to them, I wanted to understand the Uzuri Closet vision, inspiration and goals, and boy did they open up to me.

Uzuri Closet will be a marketplace specifically for African Designers, allowing this new passionate, and talented group of emerging African artists to sell their work to a growing fan base. Their vision is really to recognize this community of talent and allow them to sell on a platform built by a team that believes in their vision.


Melanie Mfuh

Director of Operations, Uzuri’s Closet

Q-I love the idea of creating an Etsy ‘Like’ marketplace for African Designers, can you explain your vision for Uzuri’s closet?

Thank you! The concept behind Uzuri closet is to expose designers that use African prints in their designs. We love Africa and we are excited to show the world how beautiful it is through our unique prints for clothing and accessories.

Q-What inspired you to want to create Uzuri Closet?

Hmm, simply put, the love of fashion and the beauty of African Print Fabric!

Q-Do you love Fashion, did that have a role to play in your decision to create Uzuri Closet, and who are some of your favorite designers?

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Yes! I believe everybody loves fashion, whether we realize it or not, we all express ourselves through our fashion sense. Some of my favorite designers are

  • Christian Siriano
  • Sean Kelly
  • BERNAN
  • Mimmy Yeboah

As you can see the simplicity and yet complexity of their designs from material to color choices to their designs! The world does not know the African designers Bernan and Mimmy Yeboah too well yet, but they do have a following on social networks.

Q-What does Uzuri mean?

Uzuri actually has the meanings “beauty” “goodness” “Beautiful” …It’s all positive things which is why we love the name. For us, the emphasis is on “Beautiful”. So Beautiful Closet or Uzuri Closet as we call it.

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Q-When will Uzuri’s closet be up and running for those of us that are eager to start exploring your marketplace. Are you currently accepting designers?

Yes, we are! For now we sell through our social sites, facebook, instagram and twitter (@uzuricloset). The site should be up and running by late spring 2015. You can also reach us through email: shopuzuricloset@gmail.com

Q-Thank you for making time to chat with us, Melanie, did you have a 2015 resolution for your business?

For Uzuri closet we aim to work harder this year to get more designers to sell through our site and also to grab the attention of customers from everywhere.

And you have the support of a community that loves to support female entrepreneurs, and an editor with a questionable addiction to all things African Print Maxi Skirts!

To discover all things Uzuri Closet and to shop, visit them on their social platforms

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Double Vision: Meet the Pairs of Twins Who Are Revolutionizing African Fashion (PHOTOS)

Say goodbye to the Olsen twins– and hello to these sibling pairs, who are bringing their own unique vision to the world of African-influenced fashion.

You may not know their names yet, but it won’t be long until you do, because these young people are talented and creative. They are twins, of African descent, bloggers for the most part, and they are part of a group of “elite influencers” who are blazing a trail in fashion.

Twins have always fascinated most people — and the Internet is no exception. Thanks to this inherent power, these twins have managed to make a name for themselves, acquiring incredible amounts of followers. Praised by acclaimed publishers such as Vogue and The Coveteur for some. Approached by brands such as Diesel, Adidas and And Other Stories for others. Collaborations continue raining down for these stylish doubles. However, we must not forget the point: these young people represent our generation. One that is proud of its cultural heritage, proud to be ebony, proud of their curly hair, proud of our style of clothes. Below are some very inspiring and inspired representatives of this “Afro-cosmopolitan” generation for you to discover and follow!

The Quann sisters

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Cipriana and Takenya Quann are currently the most in-vogue twins in the blogosphere.

The Quann sisters are American and live in New York. Cipriana is the co-founder of the celebrated lifestyle blog “Urban Bush Babes” which, among other topics, celebrates the beauty of natural hair. Takenya, aka TK Wonder, is an electronic music artist. Their sense of style and their outrageous beauty have seduced many, judging by the number of brands that are fighting over them. Between advertising campaigns for the Gap, And Other Stories (a subsidiary of H&M), and interviews for Vogue, The New York Times, Refinery 29, as well as The Coveteur, I think we haven’t heard the last of them.


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The Mukheli brothers


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Justice and Innocent Mukheli (yes, those are their real names) are South African and live in Johannesburg. They are part of the a group called “I see a different you,” a collective of photographers.

They are known thanks to their blog of the same name, on which they share their pictures of South Africa as they see it and live it. An authentic portrait, imbued with the creativity of youth, that offers another image of this complex country.

Spotted by Diesel, the twins were involved in the advertising campaign for the launch of the collection “Edun X Diesel,” to promote talented