A pieces of advise I gave you after my latest road trip through Uganda last year was to eat a Rolex! I quote:
* Eat a Rolex. A Rolex is an filled burrito looking snack, usually filled with egg. Obviously tastier than the timepiece.
Post: Latest from Uganda: “On the road”- Part One- April/14
Awesome to see lifestyle photographer Namuganyi Photographer capture a local food stall in Kampala town getting his Rolex on.
Extremely thrilled to see NYC based natural hair and style bloggers Cipriana and TK Quan of Urban Bush Babes in a two-page spread in US Vogue!
You will find me living in duster coats of various forms until April, or at least until I start to see daffodils again. It’s not just something I wear, it’s somewhere I go. Deep into my dark, comfy and baggy abode, finding refuge away from figure hugging anything.
Is she a tramp or a trendy setter, who knows? Depends on the shoes she’s wearing…
I was going to write a post about new year’s resolutions, possibly how it’s going and possibly share mine with you. However, I think there are enough new year’s resolutions floating around that I needn’t bother.
Plus, looking at how packed my gym has been since the beginning of the year, I see so many of you have enough your plate! So with that in mind, here’s a few ‘non-resolutions’, but overall positive decisions I’m stepping into:
- [Spoiler alert] One of which is to try reading the bible in a year, however, as you’ll see below, I did this, but I started in July last year. So the fact it’s January means NOTHING! It’s about making positive steps in your life, whatever the month that means EVERYTHING.
“Generally speaking, I think we live in world that enjoys black culture, and dislikes black people” Cecile Emeke.
Nykhor Paul shot with the power duo, Dannijo jewelry and P&P flowers
“It’s everywhere and we can’t escape it, beauty is part of our lives. Regardless of being a model since the age of fifteen, I have always grappled with beauty.
I have struggled with the contradictions that beauty has exposed me to. ‘Be yourself, be gorgeous and confident, be classic yet trendy, be sexy but not too trashy and be yourself, but be someone else at the same time.’
No more trekking all the way to Harslesden and/or Brixton to buy Jamaican Black Castor Oil!
Antidote Street is a brand new online destination for black hair and skin care products. Born out of a desire to revolutionise access to these products in the UK, Antidote Street offers a curated selection of products to meet the beauty needs of the woman or man of colour.
Self-proclaimed coffee fiend. That’s me, and as soon as Pret A Manger start opening outlets in Kampala I’ll move back home!
But in all seriousness, I know it’s no surprise that Uganda has a growing coffee culture with the popularity and global endorsement of ‘Good African Coffee’, but I’m beginning to see cosy coffee houses gaining traction in West Africa too. One West African coffee chain who were quick to ride this wave is Café Neo, owned by Ngozi Dozie and his brother Chijoke. Café Neo is chain of coffee houses created with returning Nigerians in mind in the full knowledge that years spent abroad came back with Espresso and Frappe additions, just like me.
“So, it’s a new way… a new approach to coffee, a new approach where we, as Africans, drink the coffee that we produce, that’s been a gift for us, as opposed to exporting it and importing sub-grade coffee.” Ngozi Dozie
Ackee and Saltfish (2014) dir. Cecile Emeke
I say this with the up most honesty. I cannot remember the last time I saw young women, like me, on TV.
To say that I like or love the work of Cecile Emeke, would be true, but it wouldn’t begin to explain the extent to which I see her as a light in a world of darkness, smoke and mirrors when it comes to the representation of the Black British women on screen. The work she’s done, doing and yet to do excites me so much.
This is the trailer for Ackee & Saltfish, a short film by Cecile, which is on its way to being a web series following the friendship of two friends Olivia and Rachel, acted out by Michelle Tiwo (Olivia) and Vanessa Babirye (Rachel).
Easy to wear A/W African print collection Nigerian brand Asiyami Gold.
Sadly for me the yellow print crepe duster style jacket is sold out, but the rest of the collection is to tie for. Some much needed colour and vibrancy into Autumn/Winter, which in my opinion as over played on melancholic deep reds and blues. Give us some light, bring on the life!
Hopeless romantic Siji dropped this in my inbox, and I loved it. Simply soulful. ‘This must be love’ is taken on the Sunchild (EP).
Having left Lagos, for London 25 years ago, and then moving on to the States, Siji expresses his journey as he takes tentative steps to revisit his childhood and realign himself with his past through his music. Sunchild (EP) forms part of an entire album of material he wrote and recorded over the course of his repeated trips back to Lagos. In a form of catharsis, he relived the many highs and lows of my journey in song.
What I appreciate most about Siji and this EP in particular is that he’s harnessed the most important thing for anyone, and certainly in the case of Afropeans everywhere which is that, ‘home lies within oneself.’
Back in December 2013, it was announced that Mandla Maseko, the 26 year old DJ and ‘typical ekasi boy’ will be the first black African in space this year. Mandla was one of 23 who won a seat on the Lynx Suborbital Vehicle set to take off in 2015.
2015 is finally here and it’s been a helluva journey for our #Afronaut, who has gone from part-time DJ to Astronaut, an Aviation student in training to be a private pilot, all the way to an entrepreneur with his own Innovation Hub, running his own CSI campaign #SkyIsNotTheLimit
and all within a year.
I’m in Amsterdam for a couple of nights, and since I’m only dipping in and out I doubt I’ll get a chance to rustle up a street style feature, but here are some pictures of my surroundings. Ain’t it cute?!
Check out Nykhor Paul for Karen Walker Eye wear 10 year anniversary.
SEE ME NOW by Glen Mackay is a piercing fashion film that re-injects the reality of racial prejudices – a poisoned perspective that continues to run through the veins of our society.
The short film is piercing in the way it exposes the reality of women who despite being beautiful and bold, sadly became accustomed to being at the bottom of the beauty spectrum because of being dark.
The night I finally get to watch Memphis the musical has finally arrived.
I’ve waited for Memphis… interviewed the stars and supporting cast members… watched the Memphis press night preview, and pretty much immersed myself into this story minus hopping on a plane to going to Memphis itself!!
So tonight, after much anticipation was the evening I finally saw it all come together…
I’ve been looking for something fun, sexy and exciting to do in London after work, that doesn’t include eating, alcohol or both; and I figured what better than dance?
Omari Dixon, Emmanuel Lawal, April Alexander, Kae Kae present ’The Origin’
Good morning guys,
It’s the bank holiday weekend, and though I have wildness and loudness of Carnival tomorrow to look forward to, long weekends like this present an opportunity to sit back, detox, declutter and detatch from life in the inner city… *exhales*.
If you follow me on instagram (@afroblush), you’ll see about three weeks ago I had a wardrobe clear out. I’ve sent over half of my clothes to charities in order to free up space (my closet and in my mind), as there is nothing more irritating than sifting through loads of clothes you know you don’t need and/or want.
Photos from the capital of the Eastern Region of Ghana
In the run up to Notting Hill Carnival this bank holiday weekend, I’m getting fully prepared to indulge in the fun, food and fashion surrounding Europe’s largest street party. http://www.thenottinghillcarnival.com/