Missshape is launching the first Ambassadors PopUp Shop.
Venue: Warm & Glad - Alban’s Square, 357 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall Park, Johannesburg
Time: 18h00 - 21h00
Entrance: Free !!
So my outfit of the day is kinda, sort of inspired by Keef Chief. I’m wearing Versace shades, a Nike Dri Fit top, Skinny jeans from Pick n Pay Clothing and Mr Price block heels.
I love this skirt, I love me in it. I hope you’re all having a lovely day.
Be patient and try to enjoy the process of getting there
I love these “Queens of Africa” and “Naija Princess” dolls by Taofick Okoya. The 43-year-old Nigerian entrepreneur decided to start his “black Barbie” business a few years ago, after struggling to find black dolls for his niece.
The dolls have different hairstyles, ranging from weaves to braids, and some wear traditional Nigerian clothes. Taofick says he sells between 6 000 and 9 000 dolls a month in Nigeria and estimates that he has 10-15% of a small but fast-growing market.
Taofick also says his initial dolls were bigger and curvier but the kids didn’t like them so he plans to re-introduce them once the brand is more established.
LUST-HAVE: Joyrich LA’s Keith Haring Varsity Jacket
About a year or a two ago, I came across an article somewhere on the web that talked about how Sierra Leone locals were trying to revive their country’s tourism industry after it had been marred by years of a terrible civil war. In particular, part of these efforts were being channeled into building up both a culture and industry around surfing, a sport originally developed by the native Polynesians in Hawai’i, as the western coast of Sierra Leone is home to a number of beaches that make for some pretty good surf locations.
Whilst not on the level of more mature surf industries and primary surf locations, there are at least four beaches in Sierra Leone that those who visit the country can venture on to with their surfboards in tow: River No.2 beach, Aberdeen beach, Bureh beach and Sulima beach.
Out of the four listed above, Bureh beach seems to be gaining the highest level of popularity, probably due in part to the Bureh Beach Surf Club (BBSC) of which some of its members are pictured above as part of a photographic essay by Sierra Leone-based photographer Tommy Trenchard.
The BBSC was set up in 2011 as a non-profit organization in and is the country’s first and only surf club. Bureh is a small fishing village that is about an hour and 30 minutes drive from the capital Freetown.
So if you were thinking of visiting Sierra Leone, or looking for a place to vacation in Africa, these spots are definitely areas to consider. For those who possess ECOWAS passports, you can get passport stamped upon arrival if all your documents are intact. But be sure to check with the Sierra Leonean embassy where you live before departing. Non-ECOWAS passport holders will need visas upon arrival into Sierra Leone.
@SMB_DBN #ThisIsAfrica Shoot with #DJTira S/O to u Grootman
Photography by @NEK_STICHSMB
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But before I get on with 2014, here’s my 2013 in pictures:
Spring’s Sea Change | Liya Kebede by Nathaniel Goldberg
BEST POSTS OF 2013 #80: Black France.
In Al Jazeera’s newly launched 3-part documentary series ‘Black France’, the relationship between one of the most dominant European colonial forces in Africa and the Caribbean, and the political and social dynamics of its former colonies and their citizens is explored to tell the story of black people in France and the country’s history of ‘segregation, racism, protest, violence, culture and community building - from the turn of the 20th century until the present day’.
Beginning in the mid-1500s, and following in the footsteps of the larger and more dominant British Empire, France began to colonize foreign territories starting with North America’s Gaspe Bay in what is today Canada. For centuries France would continue to expand its colonial reach building an empire that spanned across various regions in North America, the Carribbean, South America, Africa and Asia. It would not be until 1980 with the independence of Vanuatu that the French Empire would officially be disbanded worldwide.
Today, France is home to one of Europe’s black communities, mostly of African and/or Caribbean descent - a direct result of the country’s relationship with its colonial territories in these regions.
'Conflicting Identities', the first episode in the trilogy, explores the duality and complexes of what it means to be 'both black and French in the decades before France’s African colonies achieved independence' during the latter part of the 18th century, beginning with the fight for equality for France's black community to the experiences of black people in early 20th century France including both World Wars and the Great Depression.
Interestingly, the particularities of France’s differing and hierarchical relationship between it’s ‘colonial subjects’, with Africans being treated as the most inferior, are also brought to light. Where African-American individuals and culture were celebrated and marveled at with great interest - a perverse fascination of sorts, and where individuals of Caribbean territories were given French citizenship - but not full equality, Africans were mostly denied such privileges and were dehumanized and stigmatized as backward black savages.
Regardless of the differing treatment of black people from various parts of the world, racism was always the underlying factor in France’s social and political approach to black people, seeing them as inferior and ‘the other’ - a view that in some ways still has not changed.
[English & French w/ French subtitles]
Photography by John H. White