May, 2006

  • Diamonds are not Africa’s best friend

    Posted May 23rd, 2006 By in Fashion, Film/Television, Music, Politics With | Comments Off on Diamonds are not Africa’s best friend

    For the past year and a half the issue effort to stop the trade of conflict or blood diamonds has been kicked into overdrive. With mounting pressure from the UN and many humanitarian organizations especially Amnesty International, diamond manufacturers and retailers have been under severe pressure to clean up their act. Having lived off the …

  • Creating an African film experience

    Posted May 8th, 2006 By in Film/Television, Politics, Travel With | Comments Off on Creating an African film experience

    Chadian filmmaker Mahamat-Saleh Haroun is dedicated to his craft. Like many African born filmmakers he is intent of furthering the African experience through film. Using his country, Chad, as a backdrop he is currently at work on another film that puts a face on the people who experience the challenges of living on the continent. …

  • Alek Wek – from supermodel to fashion designer

    Posted May 5th, 2006 By in Fashion With | 3 Comments

    Since 2002 Sudanese supermodel Alek Wek has been steadily transforming her modeling career to one as a top handbag designer. Back in 2001 Alek’s jet-setting lifestyle gave her an idea to use her love for design (she was studying fashion technology and business at the prestigious London College of Fashion before becoming a model) to …

  • Darfur: Who needs the UN when you have MTV

    Posted May 4th, 2006 By in General, Politics With | Comments Off on Darfur: Who needs the UN when you have MTV

    Every so often African issues grow beyond the continent and makes it’s way into pop culture. In a capitalist society, social consciousness is a commodity and Africa’s problems are not exempt. As with Somalia (Black Hawk Down), and Sierra Leone (Diamonds from Sierra Leone) the problems in Darfur, Sudan has begun to hit the mass …

  • African woman European standards

    Posted May 2nd, 2006 By in Art, Events With | Comments Off on African woman European standards

    For the past few years I’ve been reading a lot about a talented Kenyan-born artist named Wangechi Mutu. Ms Mutu’s art “explores the contradictions of female and cultural identity and makes reference to colonial history, contemporary African politics and the international fashion industry”. Having seen images of her work I can see what all the …

  • When in Seattle do like the Ethiopians do

    Posted May 2nd, 2006 By in General, Travel With | Comments Off on When in Seattle do like the Ethiopians do

    Gridskipper suggests a good Ethiopian restaurant located in Seattle called Adey Abeba. When it comes to restaurants Ethiopians put together great establishments and the food is very tasteful. If you are in Seattle check it out.

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