Mambu Badu – the photography collective featured earlier on Afrolicious – have released their inaugural edition entitled Memory.
Featuring work by Yodith Dammlash, Nkechi Ebubedike, Jennifer Noelle Everett, Nikita Gale, Tonika Johnson, and Sheree R. Swann, this introspective edition shows us memories in the form of photograph from the eyes of women of African descent.
Because it’s created by Black women and for Black women, I get a distinct feeling of intimacy within a genre where we are constantly struggling to prove our worth. I feel honored to be a part of this visual conversation and elated that people showed up. It’s all rather powerful, especially as the photos are placed against each photographer’s words and phrases from authors including Kasi Lemmons, Zora Neale Hurston, Zadie Smith, Angela Shannon and Toni Morrison.
According to the collective description, “Mambu Badu” is an adaptation of the KiSwahili phrase “Mambo Bado” which is loosely translated as “the best has yet to come. This is a solid beginning and I can’t wait to see what’s next.
Have you had a chance to view the magazine? What were your favorite pieces? Let the women know! This work is hard, but necessary and they’ve done an amazing job!
Limited edition golden earrings from Ankara & Lace. We’re only selling them through the month of May and then they’ll be gone until next summer. Peace to the special folx on the east coast who already have a pair on the way!
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So I’m researching men’s fashion and I thought I’d share this delightful video with you all.
I love how diverse David Hart’s America is! Oh and yes, more ties and bowties, please!
David Hart & Co. Lookbook Spring/Summer 2011 from Jeremy Nelson on Vimeo.
photo by Refracted Moments
I’ve been having a very transformative year. By transformative, I mean really, really, difficult. Part of it is about growing up and becoming a woman (whatever she looks like). And another part of it is walking by faith in God, in the spirit He’s placed within me and in my self. A whole ‘nother part of of it is making smarter decisions.
Through the fear, the tears, the laughter and the smiles, there’s one constant theme I have and that’s love. I am loved, by my sister who left chocolate covered espresso beans in my car this morning. I am loved by my Dad who’s trying to hunt down the poor souls who broke into my car yesterday. I am loved by my Mommy who’s always checking in with me emotionally. I am loved by my brother who sprays that smelly Axe deodorant thingy everywhere. I am loved by my other sister who constantly helps out with Ankara & Lace production. I am loved by my *other* sister who’s also checking in on me from like a million miles away.
I’m loved by @Mdotwrites who keeps me in her world and keeps asking me if I’m eating and sleeping and sends me articles that inform my scheming. I’m loved by my boss, Patty, who stayed with me through the whole fiasco yesterday and even went looking through trashcans for my things. I’m loved by coworkers like Kim and Vanessa and Damon who are constantly affirming me and the work we do here in Los Angeles.
And I love them. My family. Most of everything I do is for them. And I suspect it’s the same way with them.
This is God’s work. This transformative love. This love that struggles with you. This love that is transparent and real and tangible.
I hope you know you are loved. And, I hope you know I love you.
If you follow my tweets (@afrolicious) you know a couple of things about me: I work in South Los Angeles, I believe in the power of stories and I believe brown is beautiful. Here is a video that captures part of the story of South Los Angeles featuring @iamreal8 and a couple of voices from the Street Poets family.
From Resurj.org: “RESURJ by 2015” is a 10-point action agenda that places women’s and young people’s human rights, particularly sexual and reproductive rights, participation in decision-making, and accountability at the center of health programs and development efforts.
Follow @RESURJ and spread the word.
Peace to @bxcalilady for linking me to this video of Allen Stone covering Is This Love. Completely unexpected.
Seriously, though. Soften The Fuck Up is Start Some Good campaign that seeks to challenge the idea of what a “real” man is. Ehon needs to raise $6000 to do work around the alarming numbers of suicides by men in Australia. I won’t tell you the number, you’ll have to watch and click over to the campaign site for more information. Please support Ehon’s work in anyway you can, even if it’s just reblogging or retweeting his campaign!
“Are you ready for the Nü Revolution?”
Les Nubians‘ new album Nü Revolution comes out next week. Peep their video below and download their track Liberté from LesNubians.com!