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Designer Matthew Williamson Takes Ethiopian Inspired Designs Too Far

Written by Mwabi Kaira-Murdock | January 6, 2008 | Leave a Comment

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Matthew Williamson’s Spring/Summer 2008 collection was met with applause and criticism. Two dresses from the collection were so similar to Ethiopia’s traditional dress that the Ethiopian Ministry of Foreign Affairs investigated the matter. Abdurazak Omer of the Intellectual Property Office in Addis Ababa said, “We are vey unhappy with the actions of Mr. Williamson. These are the dresses of our mothers and grandmothers. They symbolize our identity, faith and national pride. Nobody has the right to claim these designs as their own.”

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David Nso Puts Medicine on Hold for Modeling Career

Interview by Roxana Bangura | January 6, 2008 | Leave a Comment

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Jamati: Hello David we are just so excited that you granted this exclusive interview to Jamati Online.

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Sade Cosmetics

Written by Roxana Bangura | January 6, 2008 | Leave a Comment

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I discovered Sade Cosmetics in the 1990’s while hanging out with my girlfriends at the Mart on 125th Street in Harlem.

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Mozambique Fashion Week

Written by Mwabi Kaira-Murdock | January 6, 2008 | Leave a Comment

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Maputo hosted the 3rd edition of Vodacom Mozambique Fashion Week from December 10th to December 15th, 2007. Recognized designers such as Jackeline Kakesse (Congo), Mustafa Hassanali (Tanzania), Sylvia Owori (Uganda), Sun Goddess (South Africa), and Mho Kuaho (Botswana) participated.

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2007: The Year in Review for African Entertainment

Written by Mwabi Kaira-Murdock | December 26, 2007 | Leave a Comment

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Everywhere you looked in 2007, African brothers and sisters were doing BIG things! Whether in the music world, fashion world, sports arena, behind and in front of the lens, or in the literature world, these Africans made 2007 their year and made us very proud (in some cases) to call ourselves AFRICAN. These were the big stories of 2007.

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Ghanian Model Teiko Dornor

Interview by Roxana Bangura | December 18, 2007 | Leave a Comment

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Jamati: Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk with me today.

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Max Mmethi – Men’s Health Favorite Cover Model

Interview by Roxana Bangura | December 17, 2007 | Leave a Comment

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Jamati: Max please share with us how you came to model?

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Fiskani – Celebrity Stylist

Written by Mwabi Murdock | December 10, 2007 | Leave a Comment

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Fiskani is behind the fast growing image consulting company Fiskani, Inc. based in Atlanta.  Her thriving business is an image consulting, styling and artist development firm that works with established celebrities such as Akon and Ludacris as well as up and coming artists such as Ray Lavendar.  Fiskani provides a competitive edge that makes her an asset to her celebrity clientele and media outlets. Coupling European fashion with urban pieces and accessories, she makes unforgettable statements on her clients.  Jamati caught up with Fiskani in Atlanta recently and she told us all about her start in the business and what it takes to succeed in the business.

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Crimson Carpet

Written by Mwabi Murdock | December 10, 2007 | Leave a Comment

Sophie Okenedo at The Evening Standard Theatre AwardsAephonsion Deng at Celebrities Unite This Holiday Season For The Darfur CrisisOsi Umenyiora at Terrance J’s Birthday BashAngelique Kidjo at the 2007 International Women Leaders Global Security SummitIman at the 2007 Safe Horizon Annual Benefit GalaVibe Fashion Director Memsor KamarakeThandie Newton at Grand Reopening Celebration of the New Museum Co-Hosted by Calvin KleinAdewale Ogunleye at Osi’s Birthday PartyAlek Wek at Dolce & Gabbana’s “The One” Fragrance Launch and Private Dinner

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Myron Christian – World Renowned Photographer

Interview by Roxana Bangura | December 10, 2007 | Leave a Comment

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Jamati: Christian, in your bio you state that ‘your images are not just fashion, not just portraiture, but are social critiques on the environment and our relationship to it’.  How do you use your photography as social commentary?

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African Influence in Western Designs

Written by Mwabi Kaira-Murdock | December 10, 2007 | Leave a Comment

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Roberto Cavalli’s Just Cavalli Spring/Summer 2008 collection called “La Ma Africa” wowed the crowd in Milan.

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