Lusaka July, Zambia's Version of the Met Gala, Is a Royalty Explosion!

Cleo Clementine & Natasha Van Der Moss
By Mwabi Kaira

Every socialite and fashionista looks forward to that one event each year where they can don their finest fashions and be seen. In America, fashion enthusiasts wait for the annual Met Gala, where the most famous faces from the realms of fashion, film, music and art come together to raise money for the Met's Costume Institute and celebrate the grand opening of its latest exhibition. We wait to see pictures of arrivals and become fashion analysts, picking out our favorite looks. In Lusaka, Zambia’s capital city, the event of the year where we do the same is Lusaka July.

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This Filmmaker Required NATURAL HAIR for Her Cast & There's a Really Good Reason Why

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By Ta-ning Connai

Matamba Kombila is not your average filmmaker. While most directors have the primary focus of creating stories to engage their audience, she takes it a step further with goals to impact her cast through a hair challenge aimed to build true self-esteem. Who in the world does something like that?

Matamba did that.

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A True No Man's Land. These Women Founded a Women-Only Village in Kenya


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By Erickka Sy Savané

Many women dream of what it would be like to live in a society with no men, free of patriarchy and all that comes with it...these women actually did it. Umoja is an all-female village in Kenya, founded by a woman named Rebecca Lolosoli, some 25 years ago. It consists of nearly 50 women who no longer want to suffer abuse. The place is doing so well that it's inspired neighboring villages to start their own women-only communities. Once you see how they live, you may want to do the same or at least purchase a one-way ticket to Kenya!

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The Mbalantu Women of the Namibia Know the Secret to Growing Hair to Incredible Lengths

Eembuvi braids worn by women of the Mbalantu tribes from the Namibia
By Mwabi Kaira

The versatility of our hair and all of the hairstyles we can pull off is just one of the many reasons it's great to be melanin. I recently wanted a cornrow style and searched images to show my stylist and ran across an image of eembuvi braids that left me breathless. The black and white image was of three women with their backs turned and braids down to their ankles. Eembuvi braids are worn by women of the Mbalantu tribes from the Namibia. It’s a style that requires preparation from a young age when Mbalantu girls use thick layers of finely ground tree bark and oils– a mixture that is said to be the secret to growing their hair to such lengths.

Reclaiming Your Wakanda: 5 Ways to Move to an African Country!


By Kaylan Reid Shipanga

Ready to make your Wakanda dreams come true? These days, it's more doable than you think. I know expats who've successfully moved to Africa through the following routes...

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From the Boogie Down Bronx to Senegal: Expat Waameeka is Living Her Best Life!

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By Kaylan Reid

Meet Waameeka AheVonderae, a New Yorker who moved to Dakar, Senegal. After realizing the Peace Corps application process wasn't for her, Waameeka took her living abroad plans into her own hands, found a job online and moved to Senegal. She is a testament to the power of pursuing your African continental interests and making them a reality.

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Top 10 African Tribes Taken in the Atlantic Slave Trade


By Erickka Sy Savané

With Black Panther/Wakanda fever forever cementing a place in our hearts, and the rise of African Americans getting their DNA tested, especially from AfricanAncestry.com, where they can trace your ancestry back to your African ethnic group, we're at a time when we want to know more about where we came from. So it's not surprising that when I stumbled across this video on youtube just a day after it was released, it already had 50,000 views and a plethora of positive comments from African Americans and Africans alike. So whether you've gotten your DNA tested or not, it's nice to have an idea that these ethnic groups exist, and that it's more than likely the blood of these tribes running through our veins. Enjoy and share your thoughts in the comment section below. Also, show the guy who put this video together some love too!

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Nnedi Okarafor
By Winnie Gaturu

Black Panther just surpassed the Titanic to become the 3rd highest-earning movie of all time. This comes as it hits a revenue of $665.4 million. Following its tremendous success, Marvel has decided to create a 3-comic miniseries starring the Dora Milage and Spider Man. The miniseries is conveniently named Wakanda Forever perhaps to take advantage of Black Panther's popularity. The storyline revolves around the Wakanda female warriors (the Dora Milage) fighting alongside Spiderman on a mission in New York City. This is bound to be an entertaining miniseries to say the least. However, what's even more exciting is the fact that the series will be written by acclaimed afro futuristic author, Nnedi Okarafor.

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This Video on the History of Black Hair Proves Our Hair is Definitely Our Crown


We can't know where we're going until we know where we've been. This video highlighting the history of black hair dating back to Africa, through enslavement, to today, can give us the perspective we need to walk powerfully through the world, knowing that our hair is truly our crown. As Marcus Garvey said, "Remove the kinks from your mind, not your hair." Peep the video and drop us a line in the comment section!

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African Ancestry: The DNA Test That Is Giving African Americans New Life!

The Breakfast Club: Charlamagne and Chadwick Boseman
By Mwabi Kaira

My father is from Zambia and my mother is from Malawi. My late paternal Uncle was our family historian and wrote out our family tree back to 5 generations based on oral tradition before his death. I’ve always known my history because of this and I have never questioned where I’m from. In 1998 my best friend Jackie was pregnant with my Godson and she decided to give her son a new last name because she and his father did not want to pass their slave names down to him. She told me I was so lucky to know where I am from because they didn’t. That conversation made me appreciate my Uncle and gave me a different viewpoint on ancestry. Ancestry is not something people who grow up in Africa think about and it is something we learn the importance of living in America.

This Family-Owned Ghanaian Label Wants You to Take a Piece of Ghana Wherever You Go

Photo of Essie & Nana Brew-Hammond via Exit 14
By Brook Bobb

A love of clothing runs in Nana Brew-Hammond’s family. Before her grandmother started one of Ghana’s first and only female-run advertising agencies, she was a seamstress, and Nana’s mother, Delphine, grew up helping with measurements, sewing, and cutting fabrics. Nana’s sister, Essie Hammond, was also born in Ghana, but the entire family moved to LeFrak City in Queens, New York, when Nana was young. Delphine traveled back to her home country with the girls many times over the years, always stopping to buy custom-tailored garments made with the finest, most vibrant and colorful Ghanian textiles. “Getting bespoke clothing made is common there,” Nana says. “I was always interested in fashion as a kid, but when I went to Ghana at 12-years-old and had some outfits made for me, it changed the way I looked at clothing.” And so this week, on Ghana’s Independence Day, the self-taught Hammond clan—including Nana, her mother, and her sister—launched their very own line of made-in-Ghana coats and jackets called
Exit 14.

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Tiffany Haddish Keeps Her Word & Honors Her Father & Eritrea at the Oscars

Photo Tiffany Haddish at the 2018 Oscars
By Mwabi Kaira

It took years for Tiffany Haddish to find her Eritrean father, Tsihaye Reda Haddish, after a turbulent childhood that includes foster care. She didn’t give up her search and was happy to be reunited with him and connect as a young woman. Although everything between them wasn’t always smooth sailing, they established a relationship until his untimely death last year just as her Hollywood star was rising.

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Black Panther Blew Our Minds, Now What?

Photo via The Root
By Mwabi Kaira

It’s been days since I saw Black Panther and I’m still thinking about it. There was so much to digest and I know I’ll have to see it several more times to fully receive all the messaging and beauty of it all. Not since the history making November night in 2008 when Barack Obama became President have I witnessed black people come together and share excitement collectively. It was such a beautiful sight to witness and I know I will cherish this moment for the rest of my days.

Who dis? The Today Show Wants You To Believe It's The True Face Of Queen Nefertiti


By Renese

Black History Month has been lit so far! And we are only six days in. But of course, the train of tomfoolery is never late. It arrived yesterday on NBC’s Today Show.

The Today Show decided to do a segment on the Egyptian Queen Nefertiti. Considered to not only be the most beautiful woman in ancient Egypt, she was “co-king” with her son, King Tut. The show decided to honor her (I guess) by revealing what the Pharaoh would have looked like in her day. It turns out that maybe what we thought she looked like was wrong all along.

Actress Tiffany Haddish Gets Emo Visiting Eritrean Relatives For The First Time

Friends Dionne & Precious with Tiffany Haddish in Eritrea via eastAFRO.com
By Mwabi Kaira

I laughed along with millions watching last summer’s blockbuster Girls Trip and discovered breakout star Tiffany Haddish. I didn’t remember seeing her in anything else before this and saw her everywhere after. Her Breakfast Club interview stood out the most to me; she had quite a story to tell that went beyond the jokes. When she said her father was from Eritrea, the small Northeast African country on the red sea coast, I was even more intrigued.

The Moving-to-Nigeria Survival Guide

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Zara and Nicola move to Nigeria and Nicola has the perfect survival guide! Watch her dish on everything from married men, to makeup, internet and celebs. Enjoy oooh!!!!!

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