August, 2006

  • The Gap gets RED for the holidays

    Posted Aug 24th, 2006 By in Charity, Fashion With | Comments Off on The Gap gets RED for the holidays

    This winter The Gap will join American Express, Motorolla, Converse and others in support of PRODUCT (RED) and expand its RED product line. 50% of all profits from the sales of (RED) items will be given to The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. PRODUCT (RED) is one of my favorite initiatives from …

  • Senator Obama fashionable on Vogue cover

    Posted Aug 24th, 2006 By in Books/Magazines, Fashion, Politics, Travel With | Comments Off on Senator Obama fashionable on Vogue cover

    Oprah Winfrey’s favorite politician,U.S. senator Barak Obama, is the new fashionable public figure to grace the cover of Men’s Vogue. Following previous cover stars, Tiger Woods and George Clooney, Senator Obama, whose name means ‘blessed’ in Swahili, at first thought seems an unlikely candidate for the cover of a fashion magazine. Since he was elected …

  • Djimon Hounsou finds Blood Diamond in December

    Posted Aug 21st, 2006 By in Events, Film/Television, Politics With | 2 Comments

    The word is Warner Bros. has finally set a December 15 release date for the highly anticipated movie ” Blood Diamond”. This comes as a surprise for me considering the pressure they’ve been getting from the Diamond industry about how the movie will hurt holiday sales of diamonds. The movie has been talked about for …

  • Namibian Venantia Otto wins Face of Africa 2006

    Posted Aug 16th, 2006 By in Events, Fashion, Film/Television With | Comments Off on Namibian Venantia Otto wins Face of Africa 2006

    Venantia Otto was announced as the winner of the the 2006 Nokia Face of Africa competition. The Namibian-born Venantia beat out the other 10 finalists from all over Africa and was announced as the winner of the US$150,000 prize modeling contract courtesy Elite Model Management – which has represented models such as Cindy Crawford, Tyra …

  • Trend Alert: Celebrities “help” Africans

    Posted Aug 14th, 2006 By in Charity, Events, Film/Television, Politics With | 3 Comments

    A couple of posts ago I commented on Gwyneth Paltrow’s recent ad for the Keep a Child Alive organization. Though there was a lot of talk going around about the sincereity of the ad and even some good parodies, it seems the New York Times, in true hype fashion, has taken the ball and run …

  • Songstress Goapele Receives Activism Award

    Posted Aug 14th, 2006 By in Events, Music, Politics With | 1 Comment

    For those who don’t know, get familiar with this songstress. Goapele (the name means ‘to move forward’ in Sitswana, a South African language) has been doing her thing for a while both on the music and political front. “The Bay area-based Ella Baker Center for Human Rights will honor neo soul singer Goapele with its …

  • Gwyneth Paltrow declares “I am African like David Bowie”.

    Posted Aug 11th, 2006 By in Books/Magazines, Charity, Fashion, Film/Television, Politics With | 4 Comments

    As I was perusing the new Fashion Rocks Magazine during my lunch the other day. I stumbled upon this ad of Gwyneth Paltrow, actress/wife of Bono’s humanitarian heir Chris Martin. I must say I was quite shocked. I still haven’t decided if it was a good or bad shock but a shock nevertheless. As someone …

  • Can hip hop change Africa?

    Posted Aug 8th, 2006 By in Events, General, Music, Politics With | 5 Comments

    While many hip-hop fans in the US have started feeling that hip hop is dead, it’s becoming clearer that there is a totally different sentiment in other countries. A major reason for the pessimistic feeling of the US hip hop fans is the commercialization of hip hop culture and the preference for rap which, without …

  • Rwandan coffee makes it’s way to Starbucks

    Posted Aug 8th, 2006 By in Business, General With | Comments Off on Rwandan coffee makes it’s way to Starbucks

    I received my copy of Business 2.0 magazine last week and was pleasantly surprised to see a number of articles referencing doing business in Africa. But these were not just your basic help the Africans by building water sheds articles. The articles were part of the cover article on the Best business ideas in the …

  • Virtual game teaches African history to MTV generation

    Posted Aug 8th, 2006 By in Film/Television, Games, General With | Comments Off on Virtual game teaches African history to MTV generation

    Though it is part of our history many young Africans (myself included) cringe at being characterized by drums, spears, and war paint. But one innovative company is hoping to change the implications of those descriptions. With their creation of a virtual Africa circa 1200 AD, Rapid Reality is hoping their game Africa MMO, a multiplayer …

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