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Lupita graces Vogue cover

Written by Shirlene Brown | June 20, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Lupita Nyong’o is on the cover of this month’s Vogue, and she looks stunning!

Lupita Nyongo (Photo: Mikael Jansson, Vogue, July 2014)

Lupita Nyongo (Photo: Mikael Jansson, Vogue, July 2014)

In her interview she talks candidly about her journey from obscurity to insane recognition.  Her personality shines through and it is a good read (oh, and it lays to rest the rumors that she is dating a White guy…for all the shallow people who want to focus on that.  Her boyfriend is K’Naan, the Somali rapper, known for his song, ‘Waving Flag‘.).

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Lira and Wayna to perform at Howard Theatre

Written by Shirlene Brown | June 19, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Lira will be at the Howard Theatre on June 23 2014 to perform songs from her latest album,’Rise Again‘.

Lira

Lira

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Humura puts out digital magazine on Ugandan superhero

Written by Shirlene Brown | June 18, 2014 | Leave a Comment

African cartoons and 3d digital media are getting better and more creative by the minute. As it is a growing field, the artists are pretty creative in their quest for much needed recognition without any real marketing, and sometimes without a marketing budget.

The Evolvers by Humura

The Evolvers by Humura

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Sammi Rotibi stars in CRU where secrets come to light

Written by Shirlene Brown | June 11, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Sammi Rotibi is a Nigerian actor that has been seen in several movies including ‘Django Unchained’, ‘Lord of War’, ‘Tears of the Sun’ and television series ‘The Secret Circle‘ where he plays Eben.

Scene from CRU

Scene from CRU

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Potomanto – the latest crime thriller from Shirley Frimpong-Manso

Written by Shirlene Brown | June 10, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Potomanto’ is a story about an angry ex-police officer’s mission to catch cheating women.  It turns fatal when he stumbles into a diabolical plot of ‘illegal organ harvesting’ and the young hustlers who are lured into making deadly sacrifices for a chance abroad.

Scene from Potomanto

Scene from Potomanto

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The Hunt – a multimedia movie from Uganda

Written by Shirlene Brown | June 9, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Things are really heating up in the 3D animation arena in Africa.  Homegrown cartoons that showcase different African cultures and languages are now being shown in mainstream media, and there seems to be more on the horizon.

The Hunt

The Hunt

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Sibongile Khumalo – soulful jazz with a South African twist

Written by Shirlene Brown | June 4, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Sibongile Khumalo’s love of song was nurtured by her childhood.

Sibongile Khumalo

Sibongile Khumalo

Her father, a music professor and historian, helped ingrain a true love for music when he exposed her to opera, oratorio and the classical art song.  Her sultry, soulful sound reverberates with heart and passion.  Her jazz sometimes sounds almost operatic.  She has a Bachelor of Art degree in Music and began her serious music career in 1992.

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Lupita gets galactic in Star Wars: Episode VII

Written by Shirlene Brown | June 3, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Lupita Nyong’o confirmed that she will be part of the Star Wars crew. On Monday she tweeted “I can finally say it out loud and proud: I’m going to a galaxy far far away!” along with an Instagram picture of the “Star Wars” logo.

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o

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World Cup 2014: Fantastic original posters

Written by Shirlene Brown | June 2, 2014 | Leave a Comment

The World Cup starts in just 8 days and the excitement is building.

We are a little behind, but we wanted to share the posters that the World Cup has designed for each team.  We are highlighting our five African countries first (of course).  We also show Italy because they have Bartelli on there (yes, he is African…..African-Italian if we have to quibble about details).

ESPN, who will be broadcasting the World Cup for the last time, commissioned Brazilian artist, Cristiano Siqueira (popularly known as CrisVector), to design 32 posters for their advertising campaign.  CrisVector won a 2011 CLIO Award for his comic pages for AIDES and has done extensive graphic work for illustrations, packaging, magazines and CD covers.  You can catch all his work on his website.

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Ocean Sole – Flipflops into art

Written by Shirlene Brown | May 27, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Ocean Sole is a recycling project based in Kenya that takes the tons of flip flops that wash up on the beaches from India and other places that surround the Indian Ocean, and re-purpose them into artwork that can be found around the world.

Rhino - Ocean Sole

Rhino - Ocean Sole

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