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An African City – a modern view of modern Africa

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 21, 2014 | Leave a Comment

‘An African City’ is an online television series that looks at a group of Africans who have returned to the continent after being away for years.

Billed by BBC as “Africa’s answer to ‘Sex and the City’“, it showcases the modern side of Africa.  The ladies are wearing contemporary African outfits, and accessorizing with great African jewelry pieces. You also get to hear really great music  by some accomplished African musicians (M.anifest, Maurice Kirya, Lady Jay) and see beautiful locations that are the other side of the African landscape.

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Fatima Siad a winner on the catwalk

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 6, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Fatima Siad is a Somali-Ethiopian fashion model who was third runner-up in the ‘America’s Next Top Model’ competition.

She overcame female genitalia cutting and the loss of two sisters in the Somalian civil war to become one of the most coveted models in the industry today.

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Djebril Didier Zonga – first black male to represent Aramis

Written by Shirlene Brown | March 5, 2014 | Leave a Comment

We put Djebril Didier Zonga in our sexiest men’s list because he was just so hot!  He has been on demand on the catwalk for years and is signed to Ford Models, New York; M4 Models, Germany; Select, London; and New Madison, Paris.

Zonga started off as a soccer player but his friends convinced him to try modeling.  In 2008 he started to make waves in the fashion world. He walked the runway for big names like Diesel, Versace, Hennessy, and Jean Paul Gaultier. In the fall of 2011, Zonga was chosen to be the face of the Aramis campaign, ‘All A Man Is’.   He was the first black person (male or female) to do so.

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Beyond Lupita – the other Africans in film

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

Lupita Nyong’o has caused quite a stir as a sensational actress with poise and grace.  So rapid and open has her rise been that there has been quite a bit of both positive and negative press surrounding her numerous accolades from various critics.

Jamati decided to highlight some other actors and actresses that are equally as talented although not as celebrated.  Note, they are NOT Djimon  Hounsou, Idris Elba, Boris Kodjoe or Chiwetel Ejiofor, who are virtually household names.

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Kenyan model the new face of Prada

Written by Shirlene Brown | January 17, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Malaika Firth, born in Mombasa, Kenya to a British father and Kenyan mother, moved to Barking, a suburban town in east London, when she was seven years old. Her heritage includes Ugandan, Seychelloise, Swiss. Her family in Kenya belongs to the Giriama ethnic group.

She began modeling at the age of 17 and rose up the catwalk ranks to become the new face of Prada Autumn/Winter 2013 at the tender age of 19. Malaika Firth is the first black model in 19 years to score a Prada campaign since Naomi Campbell in 1994. Meanwhile, Firth walked more than 40 shows, including shows from Jean Paul Gaultier, Bottega Veneta, Marc Jacobs, Kenzo, and Dolce & Gabbana among others, for the fashion week for the Spring/Summer 2014 collections. In November 2013, she debuted at the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show.  She is represented by Premier Models in London, and New York Model Management.

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Adrien Sauvage – Designer. Director. Photographer.

Written by Shirlene Brown | January 8, 2014 | Leave a Comment

Adrien Sauvage is a creative talent.  He loves design, he loves photography, and he is a director.  This multi-pronged creative talent also played basketball professionally for Great Britain (a sport he started playing professionally at the age of 13).

After retiring at the age of 19 he turned his sights to celebrity stylist and lifestyle consultant. His keen eye for fashion quickly gained him a very high-profile following.  He decided to create his own line to provide more ‘wearable’ clothing, fashion that easily translated from the catwalk to everyday life.  Dress Easy (D.E.) came to fruition and, with no formal training, he started designing. In 201 he established his fashion house, A. Sauvage, designing menswear with an emphasis on perfect cuts and casual elegance.  This expanded to include women’s wear.

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Lookout for Modahnik on Project Runway

Written by Shirlene Brown | July 18, 2013 | Leave a Comment

Kahindo Mateene of Modahnik, that highly visible, extremely Afropolitan, always elegant fashion house, is going to be on Project Runway tonight.

Started by Kahindo Mateene in 2009, Modahnik focuses on the global female, pulling in all of Kahindo’s experience as a world-traveler. The colors are vibrant, the prints bold and the attitude is all diva!

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African players in the NFL championship games

Written by Shirlene Brown | January 17, 2013 | Leave a Comment

The NFL games are heating up with all the teams playing like they are hungry for a championship ring.  It’s time to see which African players are in the running for a Superbowl ring.

NFC Championship Game

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Obudu Ranch International Mountain Race is richest mountain running race in the world

Written by Shirlene Brown | November 27, 2012 | Leave a Comment

The Obudu Ranch International Mountain Race has a combined pot of $250,000 and attracts some of the world’s best mountain runners. The men and women’s individual winners’ prizes are $50,000 each.

The race was started by Governor Donald Duke to raise awareness about Obudu Cattle Ranch and Mountain Resort, a tourist resort in Nigeria.

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Blackbird Jeans – redefining elegant male swag

Written by Shirlene Brown | October 30, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Blackbird Jeans is the design outfit of Zeddie Lukoe and Sidney Owino. Established in 2008, they have quickly come to define what is new and edgy in men’s design.

In 2011 they showed their vividly stylized menswear collection at the Africa Fashion Week New York. It was a hit, and placed them firmly in the limelight as a design house to notice!

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Salieu Jalloh – Sierra Leone’s male supermodel

Written by Shirlene Brown | October 8, 2012 | Leave a Comment

Salieu Jalloh is a male model from Sierra Leone who is in great demand for both print work and the runway.  His chiseled looks and photogenic style have helped to make him quite the star.

Salieu Jalloh works with Red Model Management in New York, and Ford Models Europe, in Paris. He has walked the runway for, among others,  Calvin Klein, Moschino, Corneliani, Dsquared2, Kenzo, and Songzio.

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